On Line Pictorial Directory: While it is somewhat history now, and most parishioners have downloaded the App and directory, there still may be some who have not done so. If you need help with it, you can come to the office at anytime it is open. You can also bring either your iPad or cell phone to church with you on the weekend and someone will help you. If you still have not submitted your own family picture for the directory, you can do so at any time (or change the one you have now, if you have a more favorable one). Just send it to my e-mail, or to Carol at the Parish Office. We can take care of it for you. All new registrations in the parish should submit a picture as soon after registration as possible, so we can add you and your info (let us know what you want shown or not). For those who have taken advantage, they love it, and use it all the time, so I’m told.

Stories I heard over the weekend: One “grandmother” was telling me how their extended family had gathered for dinner at their home. They have a grandson in Pre-K. The other day, an EMS and Firetruck were at a home nearby. It must have been mentioned in class that it would be good to pray for that person, whomever they were. When he was at the grandparents home, he suggested that they all pray for the person for whom the ambulance had come near his school. He suggested that maybe the Lord’s Prayer would be good. So they all did and mom praised him for caring and suggesting it. She too is a teacher, but in a different local Catholic school. She asked, “why the Lord’s Prayer as your choice?” He said something to effect, “Mr. D teaches us that one when he does morning prayer each day.”

There are LOTS of stories like that that we need to be sharing. Not only are they heart-warming but they tell of the many positive things happening here. How much better that than the occasional problem that comes up? Good stories promote more good! Let’s be sure to be on that side of the fence. I hear many good stories too coming from our K and 1st grades, as true with all our grades. We are blessed with good teachers that often know how to handle children in the classroom better than you may think. We see the changes from one year to the next in children’s behavior and much of it happens right here in school. Speak well of the many on staff who are always doing their best. Share the GOOD stories! There are many each week! Unkind gossip that is best “unshared” is sinful behavior and does no good and serves no good purpose.

A second story I heard was how at our school, parents picking up children (or grandparents, or whomever is so designated), must be recorded with the school as a matter of protocol. One grandparent was telling how at one of the other local schools, it doesn’t matter who calls for the child in the car line, the staff lets them get in with whomever, even if it is not the parent or properly designated adult. Mr. D is doing more than the average in protecting our children in every conceivable way possible. Tell the good story and give Mr. D a pat on the back for his level of professional care.

Still another story: Michael and Becki Hagen were at weekday Mass since it was for a child they had who died during pregnancy. After Mass, one of the older members of the parish, often at weekday Mass, came up to them to express her condolences and introduce herself (not recognizing that Becki is a Wynan). While both have been in the parish many years, one did not immediately know the other. The beautiful part of the story—worth retelling—is the level of caring that comes from one for the other. It is a very good parish filled with many more wonderful people than we are aware of if not involved. Rather than take it for granted, share the good stories. It can be catching! There are so many good stories that can be shared.

While these have been St. Jude stories, there are just as many at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish. They always far outweigh any misunderstandings or difficulties that naturally come with human nature and people. Share the good stories.

Evangelization happens when we share the Good News, not look to what has to do with ALL our feet of clay. If you want to grow the parish, share the Good News! Keep the few other moments to yourself. The good far outweighs the struggles, to be sure.
              
- Fr. John
St. Jude Usher’s Room/Communication Room: Some may notice that (in the next couple of weeks) there will be some new cabinets in the Usher’s room.  Did we spend money we don’t have, some may ask?  Nope!  We are finally using what remained of the kitchen cabinets from the old rectory kitchen, thanks to the efforts of Bob Swick & Joe Molnar, and any others they may have asked to help them in this endeavor. 

The cabinets were not that old when the new rectory was built, so some were repurposed into the lower level of the new rectory, a few in the garage, and now the balance being used in this room that serves the church and school.  As they used to say, “waste not, want not.” They were good cabinets that looked very nice and they have not gone by the wayside. Just wanted people to know.

Thanks to the crew of great guys who are on Bob’s team doing this work!

Sacred Heart/St. Jude: Between Fran (who does scheduling) and I, we are making a concerted effort to make sure I make it to Sacred Heart at least every four weeks (exceptions, plus or minus, as necessary) which means I will try to be there the first weekend of each month, and Fr. Julius at St. Jude.  I wish I could bi-locate as I very much enjoy being at Sacred Heart every bit as much as I do St. Jude.  Both are filled with great people who are fun to visit with before and after Mass, or just to see on a weekly basis.  Lots of warm, friendly, and kind people; true of every parish I’ve ever served!

Sacred Heart/St. Jude: It is after the Baptism of Our Lord (this weekend) that all the lovely Christmas decorations come down and we return to Ordinary Time until Lent is upon us—which will come soon enough.  This is a good time to say “thanks” to those responsible for the Christmas decorations at both churches.  We are blessed to have enjoyed true professionals when it comes to church decor, regardless of the season.  Each year has its little differences, and it is always a joy to see it on Christmas Eve and after.

Birthdays:  Since so close to the weekend, if you see Fran, her birthday was Thursday, and Abraham’s is Saturday!  Abe laughed and said he “is now old enough to rent a car without an extra fee!”  [I’m thinking to myself that I am getting close to being old enough that they won’t even rent a car to me when in EU!  I think they stop at 75.  I’ll be 70 this year!  Yikes!].