30 August 2015 + Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time School Begins! On Tuesday, September 1, our students will be back in school to start the 2015-2016 academic year. In addition to the opening of our Boyd campus, reopened just three years ago, we reopen St. Joseph School on our Cadott campus this year for an early childhood program. I will have a weekly opportunity to visit them when I have Mass on Thursdays in Cadott. Golf Scramble and Harvest Dinner… Parishioners are working hard to prepare for our annual golf scramble at Whispering Pines Golf Course on Saturday, September 26 and our Harvest Dinner at Holy Family Hall on Sunday, September 27.A deepest thanks goes to all of our parishioners who are preparing for these two important fundraisers for our parish. I hope to see many of you at these events hope that you have them on your calendar. Please remember that these are not events just for parishioners, but for the general public. I encourage you to promote these events among your own circle of friends, family, and co-workers. It is a great opportunity to bring in "outside support" for the work and mission of our parish and schools. Parish Support and Fundraising Challenges… One of the things I ask parishioners to remember about parish support and fundraising is the tremendous challenges we face. In days past, life centered much more on the local parish, not just in worship and education, but in social activities. Church was the place of gathering for many of our local communities. This has all changed. Not only that, despite the fact that most other non-profit organizations have some access to public funds, we do not. There has been a vast multiplication of non-organizations and fundraisers for nearly everything. Parishioners often tell me how often someone is approaching them to support, contribute, or donate to this or that cause or group. I totally understand. The problem is that ever since the beginning of the Church in America, congregations have had to depend totally upon the donations of their members. In some countries to this day churches receive part of the public funds for their support. In the United States the separation of church and state prevents this. So when you drop your envelope into the basket on Sunday, or attend our fundraising events, realize this is the ONLY means of support we have to do the work that we do. Blessings on the new school year, the ending of a great summer, and the beginning of what we hope to be a beautiful autumn!