Once again, I have the opportunity to offer sincere thanks to this faith community for your care and generosity. In responding to the tragedy that touched the Tchakounte family, we have received over $6,000 toward funeral expenses and over $17,000 for an educational fund for the Tchakounte children. Beaudouin’s body has now been interred in his native Cameroon, and a scholarship fund has been established with Merrill Lynch for his three children. His wife Carole is so grateful for your support.
All students are reminded to obtain an application form from Pat O’Connor in the Parish Office if you plan to submit a Drexel Essay Contest entry by the January deadline. A $1000 college scholarship and a $500 high school scholarship (also applicable to college expenses) are awarded each year to two of our parishioners based on these essays about our patron Saint Katharine Drexel. The application form is also available on our parish website.
All registered parishioners will soon be receiving a letter announcing our “Finishing Touches” campaign, and so I ask you to give this opportunity your prayerful consideration. A number of finishing touches on our new church building were not included at the time of construction to ensure that we had sufficient funds to complete the basic building and start paying our mortgage. Some tree planting is needed around the building, and a few parishioners have been inquiring about the remaining icons niches– so this seemed to be a good time to proceed. Working together, we’ll be successful in completing these projects for God’s glory.
Archbishop Lori’s delegate to the Western Vicariate is now Deacon Christopher Yeung, who was the deacon and homilist at the Sunday Masses here on the last Sunday of October. He wanted me to convey his appreciation to all parishioners for the warm welcome he received, and so a copy of his letter is included as an insert in the bulletin this weekend.