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Live the Liturgy - Inspiration for the Week
Our Liturgy, with its very dramatic and poignant readings, immerses into all of the raw emotions life can often bring. We hear of betrayal, fear, anger, disappointment, confusion, suffering, and even death. The veil of injustice is pulled over the life of the innocent Lamb and God, who walked with us, is called to face his death on the cross. Yet Jesus remains faithful and accepts the fate that is before him. In all of this, he never wavers from the truth and continues to speak of mercy, forgiveness, and a God who loves. When life gets the best of us and brings us to our knees, can we remain faithful to the truth and accept what we cannot control?
Would you and your family like to have the VOCATION CROSS into your home for a week to pray each day for VOCATIONS? If so please take a minute and sign-up in the back of the church to take the cross for a week. This is a simple ministry that involves all in a household -- even if you're by yourself. The Holy Spirit is always with you.
Funeral Planning Workshop
If you attended the Funeral Planning meeting last Saturday and have completed or have almost complete filling out your planning sheet please turn in a copy to the office so that we can keep a copy on file for you and your loved ones.
Catholic Relief Services Collection
Attached to the bulletin last week was an envelope for The Catholic Relief Services Collection (CRSC). Funds from this collection help provide food to the hungry, support to displaced refugees, and Christ’s love and respect to all people here at home and abroad. Please prayerfully consider how you can support the collection to the CRSC and help Jesus in disguise. Learn more about the collection at www.usccb.org/catholic-relief.
This is a beautiful poem sent out with Catholic Relief Services materials to its Parish supporters -- which we are. Regardless what is going on in our country, nor our individual positions, it is beautiful thoughts to reflect and pray upon.
Catholic Relief Services' philosophy: As the official international Catholic relief and development agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services draws upon a rich tradition of Scripture and Catholic social teaching, which serve as the foundation for CRS' Guiding Principles. Acting as a guide to what a just world might look like, these Principles are shared across religious and cultural boundaries and articulate values that are common among people who seek to promote and work towards true justice and lasting peace who hold gently the sacredness and dignity of the human person. Our annual participation in "Rice Bowl" is one way we actively support the internal work of CRS.
To Reach Across Borders
Lord of All,
Some of us make our homes on hills, others in valleys.
Some in tall buildings, some on shorelines, some at risk on the street.
And we divide up our patches with lines we scratch into the ground
And call them borders.
Where the lines don’t suffice, we build fences.
Where fences fail, we dig moats.
Where moats aren’t enough, we erect walls.
But what if we were to look across these borders?
Across fence, moat, and wall
And see you on the other side?
Lord, teach us to reach across all borders.
Fabricated or natural.
To join with all our brothers and sisters
To unify, and not separate.
To honor all who wander
Seeking hope, seeking opportunity –seeking you
As assuredly as we seek you
Lord, let no border ring our hearts.
May we find a place within them for all.
Turn our hands from building walls
Toward building justice.
Stretch our arms across fence, wall and moat
To seek out those on the other side
That we might find you in each other’s eyes
In each other’s hands
In each other’s wounds.
If you visit our Church grounds and take a tour, you will see our beautiful Church, our office building (the former rectory built in 1917), and here you may go downstairs to see our St. Vincent de Paul Society food pantry and our "Social Hall." Now, please contain your laughter. Yes, that basement space that we share with SVDP, our Religious Education Program, coffee and donuts and other social events is all we have. When numbers allow us, we will have funeral receptions, parish social gatherings and dinners. This area seats about 60 people somewhat comfortably. So in 2014, after a Master Plan was worked through with all the parishioners, it was unequivocally decided the Parish needed a hall. The aging original hall/gym had been torn down in 2005. It was time! So, in typical Sacred Heart fashion many minds and hands and hearts began to design, budget, and raise money. You can read the history in the other documents posted. Just know, it's a work in progress, and we welcome any and all support. God Bless You!
Land-Use Review: Conditional Use and Adjustment Reviews
Thursday, March 9th 2017 @ 9:00 a.m.
Capital Campaign Updates
February 12, 2017
You are all so amazing. We started out with a goal of $1,000,000 towards our dream of building a Hall here at Sacred Heart. Today we have $1,059, 593.13 pledged and donated towards our Hall. Congratulations.
Take this amount and add in our investment monies of $450,000 for a total of $1,509,593.13. We're almost there. We've had a setback as our hope for another major donation declined, but we are to return to him in June and ask again. We will but, we can't wait.
The City permit application is moving forward. If you noticed, signs have been posted on the property notifying the public of the hearing. This is good. Our architects hope that permits will be released to us sometime in the last two weeks of April. Breaking ground would soon follow.
We know due to changes required by the Archdiocese and the City, our target goal was raised to $1,770,000. So in order to break ground, we need to raise the final $260,000. We are still working with at least 3 major donors hoping they will help us. Also, we're asking all of you to re-visit your pledge/donation and see if you could squeeze out a little bit more, also to if you know of any donor that could help us meet our goal please send me their names and contact information as soon as possible.
We are also preparing to apply to the Archdiocese for a line of credit. Your pledges are collateral. This takes about a month so we're going to start this process so everything will come together by Easter Sunday, April 16. We are confident.
We need to storm heaven asking the Lord to send his angels to continue to make the permit process go well and the Archdiocese application as well.
Every week, we are going to update you of our progress so you will have up to date information.
God bless you for your generosity.
February 19, 2017
At the end of this week our total pledge and investment stands at $1,509,594. Another major contributor turned us down this week as is already supporting two other Catholic schools. We're not giving up. Do you have anyone that we should contact?
Also with the City permits, here is what has happened and is happening according to our Architects:
February 26, 2017
I'm excited to tell you that our total went up $154.42 this week. Now that doesn't sound like a lot, but to me it is huge, for it is a gift from the heart of an 11 year girl in our parish who wants to get our Hall built. She gave me the contents of her "vacation" that she had been collecting for 4 years for a trip to Disneyland. What a gift from the heart. I am humbled.
We are now starting the journey with the Archdiocese to apply for our line of credit. They send a representative to us to go over each pledge and make sure all the "i's" are dotted and the "t's" are crossed. Concurrently, we will be collecting all the financial information the Archdiocesan Loan Commission needs to review our request. We have to have these materials to them two weeks before we meet with them on April 11th. Pray the angels clear this path.
Again, we're working hard to get some outside donors, and, once again, asking you to re-visit your own pledge and see if you can "up" it any.
God bless your goodness. I am so blessed by you.
March 5, 2017
Our pledges and donations have slowly inched up to $1,061,135.55. We're going to make it.
We continue to move forward -- and it's been so slow the past few months -- that we've made another big leap this week. You'll soon meet a gentleman named John Eckart. I've know John for over 17 years, a fine, integral man (though I've never gotten him interested in joining the Catholic Church); he's a staunch Lutheran. John is going to be our Construction Project Manager for the new hall. We worked together in the building of the Church at Holy Family and the remodel of the School. Though I know sometimes I really put pressure on him for various reasons, he always came through to do the best job for us. John met with two of the capital campaign members to go over the construction budget which he is totally now responsible for. He made it very clear, the architects have worked the numbers, now it's up to him to make sure the construction happens within those number. And with a huge sigh of release, the budget stands at the $1,771,789, exactly the number we were given months ago. No more surprises! And John said as Construction Project Manager said it's definitely a number he can work within. He and his family will be coming to Masses one weekend, so you can meet him.
This coming week is our public hearing meeting with the City. 9:00 a.m. on March 9th 1900 SE Fourth Ave., Suite 3000. Ask the Holy Spirit to move in, through and around the meeting.
God Bless. Thank you. It's really going to happen.
The architects, project manager, and representatives of our Parish attended the public hearing on our request for the zoning variance needed to build. No one in opposition attended the hearing. We now have to wait about 31 days for “final judgement”. We will then know if and when the variance will be granted. We are another step closer to ground breaking. Yea, God. Let’s keep our hands together and pray that our needs are met. It’s out of our hands and totally now in the hands of the City.
Fundraising efforts continue. We continue looking for those final donors who will take us over the top. Some of you have suggested names of potential donors. We’re pursuing them. Thank you for your efforts to date!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Some of you have re-visited your pledges and our bottom line this week went up to $1.070,390.55. We're slowly approaching the pinnacle. Thank you, again.
Also on Tuesday, I began the process of applying for the line of credit. This is a month long journey through the business office of the Archdiocese so we’ll be ready when all the various entities come together. Another milestone.
This is the actual report from our architects communicating on our public hearing on March 9th. I wanted to make sure I got it straight to you:
Everything went well. There were no voices from the public in opposition, and since we were not challenging any of the City’s comments the Staff report was accepted as written. We were in at 9:00, and out by 9:30.
The City hearings officer now has 17 days to review the report and issue his ruling. Since there were no objections to the Staff report, it is possible that he could issue his ruling sooner. Given how the hearing went, I think it is virtually certain that the ruling will be in our favor.
Once the ruling is issued, the public has 14 days to file an appeal. Appeals cannot be ‘out of left field’, they have to be related to the findings in the staff report and Hearings Officer’s ruling, so it is unlikely that there will be an appeal.
After the 14 day appeal period (March 27th at latest) the Hearings Officer’s ruling will become official.
We are now $251,609.45 away from our goal to be able to break ground on our new Fellowship Hall.
Do you realize what you have accomplished in 15 and a half months? Over 90% of you donated or pledged to raise way over a million dollars towards the construction of our new hall. Then with the insight of many of you who served on the various councils, the money received from the building of Sacred Heart Villa was invested and so that today we can draw on a portion of those investments: $450,000 towards the new Hall. This puts us at a total of $1,520,390.00 towards a move in goal of $1,771,789. We are just shy of $251,399 to have all the funds we need. Thank you!
We received a $1000 check this week from an outside donor who wanted to be a part of our vision. Your Campaign crew is working on closing the gap between where we are at and where we need to be. All of you keep praying and let us know if you think of anyone who might want to help us.
We're getting closer! Here's the latest update on our progress with the City from our architects: "Looks like the City’s ears were burning, just received their official decision. Our final approval is due April 10th. The only item in the report that has to be addressed is some minor landscaping changes to the parking lot, which we are finalizing.
There also were a few issues identified by the Building Department during the site planning phase, the most important of which has to do with providing handicap access from the sidewalk to the front door. In the past, the difference in grade that we have from the sidewalk to the entry would have allowed us to avoid having to provide a handicap access ramp, with required ADA access provided only via auto access to the ADA parking stalls. We asked the City to review their decision with regard to that exception, but they have confirmed that they are going to require an ADA ramp from the sidewalk to the entry. We have identified the long stair to the north of the Church building as a good location for the ramp. That location will allow us to provide the ramp while tying it into an area of the site that will already be affected by the construction, which will help to minimize the cost. We are incorporating the ramp into the design, and should have the updated drawings ready to submit next week.
We hit a bump with the Building Department, but will have things back on track shortly.
Our pledge donations continue to come in each week as you are honoring your commitment. Thank you. Our total this week is $1,520,390.