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Weekly Blog Items for Week of April 26

Throughout this blog, the parish website and Facebook page will be mentioned. For those of you looking for the website, it is rescathroch.org. To reach the Facebook page: FACEBOOK

To help people stay in touch with the parish, the weekend Mass will be recorded and placed on our website and Facebook page for people to view on Sunday and throughout the week.

We will offer the Sacrament of Penance two times per week (until we once again offer public Mass):

  • Wednesday – 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Saturday – 10:00-11:00 am

Please continue your church support. Church envelopes can be mailed or dropped off in the drop box outside the parish offices. Too, the opportunity for online giving is available via our website

Remember to send in your contribution for the Catholic Ministries Appeal. If you need an envelope, they are in the kiosk of the Gathering Space.

The church is open for prayer each day of the week from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Please come spend time with our Lord.

If you are looking for spiritual reading materials, the parish library is a great resource. It is found in the Gathering Space by the Conference Room.

A good resource for daily Mass is wordonfire.org.

Formed.org has movies, books and podcasts for the whole family. If you don’t have a Formed.org account, please go to our website. On the second slider, click Formed.org and follow the steps to set up an account.

Little white books for the Easter season are available for pick up in the Gathering Space.

In light of the Diocese’s current suspension of public Masses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the fact that a majority of readers receive their copy of The Courier when attending Mass at their parish, the decision has been made to suspend physical publication of our diocesan newspaper until such time as parishioners are able to gather again for public worship. The Courier will remain available in its online format at www.dowr.org.

Rice Bowls can be dropped off in the Gathering Space.

Little White Books for the Easter season are available in the Gathering Space.

The Giving Tree from Lent is still taking food. Stop by and drop off non-perishable food items or take a label, purchase and drop off specific food items. There is a need at this time so thanks for your generosity.

We welcome Luke Maasch (Baptism), Olivia Maasch (Baptism and Holy Communion), and Matthew Salerno (Baptism, Holy Communion, and Confirmation) who entered the Catholic Church on Holy Saturday in a private ceremony. Pictures of Luke, Olivia and Matthew receiving the sacraments can be found in the bulletin of April 26. The bulletin can either be picked up at the church or is found on our parish website.

Parishioners of Resurrection:

Now that I have the March Financials, I would like to provide a brief update on where we stand financially. Again, the following figures would be through the end of March. I am doing this in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

For the month of March, we were able to have public Mass the first three weekends. There were no public Masses the final two Sundays. The adult giving for the month of March was $57,194 and we had budgeted $72,500. Children giving was $168 and we had budgeted $250. The offertory collection was $4,306 and we had budgeted $7,250. Thus, as one would expect, the contributions for March were down in large part due to the pandemic.

Looking at our overall budget for the fiscal year (our fiscal year runs from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020), we budgeted to be $29,00 in the black for the first nine months and we currently stand at $50,230 in the black. Thus, we are doing our best in maintaining our budget.

I have been amazed at the number of parishioners who have been mailing or dropping off church support for the parish since the suspension of public Masses. Others have been choosing on-line giving. Still others give via EFT. To all who continue to support the parish, my sincere thanks.

Our Catholic Ministries Appeal 2020 Goal is $82,000 and to date, parishioners have pledged $57,808 (of that total, $10,349 remains in outstanding pledges). With those figures we are at 70 percent of goal. Please continue to remember the Catholic Ministries Appeal as any shortfall will be the responsibility of the parish.

I will keep you updated until we can return to public Mass. Please remember the parish. I am keeping all of you in prayer.

Sincerely,
Father Peter Schuster

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