From the Pastor’s Desk

By Fr. Terry Kerner

Last Sunday’s pancake breakfast was a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with so many of our parishioners. The last fifteen months have taken a toll on all of us and the chance to sit with one another and renew friendships was most welcome. Know that pancakes and sausages won’t be the last meal we will enjoy in the months ahead. Meanwhile I want to thank Diane and Chuck Powell and their helpers for making Father’s Day morning special!

Six of our parishioners this Spring completed a four-year program in Comprehensive Biblical Studies from the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan. Every Thursday evening for the last four years at St. Kateri we have hosted this Catholic program. Mary Below, Maria Caretti, Amy Catallo, Kristen Sassak, and Gilda Tamburro are the six of the twelve graduates completing the courses. Our parish can be proud of these women in their commitment to “unlock” the wisdom and beauty of Sacred Scripture.

Our Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) is doing extraordinarily well! As of this writing (6/21/21) we reached 106% of our target. This is the first time in my memory that we have achieved our goal so early in the campaign. We have always reached our goal but never so quickly. Any contributions made now remain in the parish for improvements. Already we have completed some necessary cement work as well as replacing gutters and downspouts on all our buildings. Thanks to you we are able to keep things in good shape.

Over the next few weeks you will notice some landscaping being done in front of the rectory along Rotunda Drive. The site is the former driveway of the asphalt parking which is not allowing us to plant much of anything including grass and trees. Though not a CSA project it is a Boy Scout project with the intent of earning an Eagle Scout ranking. The Scout in charge is Stefano Ciavaglia. By the end of summer you will be seeing an improved and interesting look at St. Kateri’s doorstep.

Enjoy the coming week and our freedom to celebrate next weekend.