From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |May 30th, 2021|

As you’re all aware by now, our Bishop (in conjunction with the other Indiana Bishops) has issued a revised set of guidelines for Masses.  First and foremost, the dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation will end on June 11th, so after that date, Sunday Mass attendance will once again be obligatory.  Of course, people are not under obligation if they are ill, homebound, incapacitated, or unable to attend Mass through no fault of their own.  Anyone with flu-like symptoms is also asked to stay home, including those who are quarantined due to exposure.  For the Bishop’s complete statement, go to the diocese’s website:  https://diocesefwsb.org/lifting-of-the-dispensation-from-the-obligation-of-mass/.

You can also view a complete list of the diocese’s revised directives on their website at https://diocesefwsb.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Directives-for-Conducting-Public-Liturgies-in-FW-SB-May-2021-Revision.pdf. You have already noticed that last week we removed the requirement to wear masks at Mass, and we removed the ropes from the side pews so that those areas are no longer socially distanced.  (We’ve left them in the center sections for people who are more comfortable socially distancing, and please remember that it is recommended that those who haven’t received the vaccine should continue to wear masks.)  We’ve also returned to distributing Communion on the tongue in the regular Communion line, for those who wish to receive in that manner, and we have stopped disinfecting the pews between Masses.  By the time you read this, there will probably be some other changes in effect.  (The Pastoral Team continued to work through these directives after the bulletin went to print.)  For the time being, we are still not distributing the Precious Blood to the faithful from the chalice.

We are so relieved that, although things aren’t completely back to normal, we’re able to relax these restrictions.  […]

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |October 31st, 2020|

Well, it’s hard to believe that this day is finally here.  Today Bishop Rhoades joins us to dedicate our new building!  About a year and a half has passed since we broke ground – and over two years have passed since we began our capital campaign – but our new building is finally finished, and it has been worth the wait and worth the work. 

As you can imagine, the COVID pandemic threw many wrenches into our construction timeline.  We were blessed with an intrepid crew who made countless adjustments in order to keep the project on track.  We ended up moving into the building in stages.  We were able to move into the downstairs classrooms when school started in August.  Then we moved into the second-floor classrooms in early October.  Finally, we just completed the gym this past week.  I think everyone will agree that the quality of the construction is outstanding. 

Financially, we are very blessed that parishioners have been so faithful with their campaign pledges.  Since we will still be collecting pledges through the end of 2021, we have taken out a bridge loan with the diocese to allow us to pay our final construction costs.  Once these costs (and the amount of the loan) are finalized, we’ll start publishing it in the bulletin so that you can see as we work that balance down.

So much work went into this project, and there are many people to thank.  The capital campaign was led by an amazing committee of parishioners:  Chris De Trempe, Juli Hardig, Bill Kempf and Aimee Matthews.  Parishioners Matthew Fulcher and Pat Matthews were on our building committee, along with our architect Creative Design Solutions (led by parishioner Andrew Roche), our general […]

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |August 29th, 2020|

When school started this past Wednesday, we were very excited to move our 4th and 5th graders into the new building!  Now, I know when many of you read that statement, your first thought will be, “Really?  The building doesn’t look finished to me!”  So let me explain…

As you can imagine, building this addition during the COVID-19 pandemic has been very challenging.  The number of issues that the pandemic has caused in the supply chain has been daunting, and we are blessed with an architect (parishioner Andrew Roche of Creative Design Solutions) and a contractor (Majority Builders) who have gone to tremendous lengths to keep us on schedule.  We’ve also been blessed with a great group of staff and parishioners (Matthew Fulcher, Jeff Hirsch, Pat Matthews, Business Manager Abby Doyle, Principal Steve Hoffman), who’ve worked throughout the last 18 months to help us through every bump in the road.  As a result, while the entire building is not finished, we’ve been approved to move into the first-floor classrooms while the rest of the building is being finished. 

So here’s where the project stands and what you can expect in the weeks to come:

· The four classrooms on the first floor are done, and they’re beautiful!  Our 4th and 5th graders have moved into these classrooms as their temporary home until their permanent classrooms on the second floor are ready.  Partitions have been set up so that there’s a physical barrier between the children and the construction work, and the construction noise is expected to be a little less than they experienced last year.

· The second-floor classrooms will be ready in mid- to late September.  We are experiencing a few delays in materials, but otherwise these rooms are in the final stages.

· The gym […]

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From Fr. Steve Lacroix, CSC

By |August 18th, 2020|

At long last, our kids are coming back to school!  The first day of school will be this Wednesday, August 26th (Happy Birthday, Mom!), and it will be great to have the kids back in the building.  Five months without students in the school has been way too long – we’ve missed you!

Getting ready for a new school year is always a hectic time, but this year has obviously been especially challenging.  Our principal, Mr. Hoffman, and the rest of our administrative team have worked nonstop throughout the summer, without getting their usual summer break.  We’ve also been blessed to have a dedicated task force comprised of administrators, teachers and school parents (including some health care professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic) who have met weekly to help us put together the most comprehensive plan we could.  Their dedication to our parish and school is both humbling and inspiring.

Our school families have already seen a copy of our plan and have received weekly updates throughout the summer, but I think it’s important that all of our parishioners hear the basics of this plan since the school is the largest ministry of our parish.  First and foremost, I think it’s important to know that our plan to return to the classroom was reviewed in detail with the Director of the St. Joseph County Health Department and has received his blessing; as badly as we want to return to school, we would never want to make the decision to bring students into the classroom without making sure it’s safe. 

The cornerstones of our back-to-school plan are mask wearing, social distancing and hand hygiene.  Students and teachers will wear masks throughout the day, although teachers will have […]

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