From the Pastor’s Desk by Fr. Terry Kerner,

I am slowly getting off the “disabled list” and saying Mass when I can. I sincerely appreciate everyone’s prayers and get-well greetings and support. You have learned your faith well and understand the importance of corporal works of mercy. Let us all keep one another in our prayers!

I must commend our parish for exceeding our CSA target so exceedingly well this year. As of this writing we are currently at 153% of our assigned target. Of course, the 53% donated remains in the parish. Contributions to the CSA continue arriving through the offertory, by mail or directly to the parish office. Thank you also to the non-parishioners who are attending mass at St. Kateri and have contributed to the drive. The Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) is the only fundraiser we have. We don’t have festivals or raffles but only rely on each year exceeding our target. We have been successful over the years. Even with the building project ten years ago that gave us the gathering space, we did not have a capital campaign. Please note that so many parishioners contributing to the weekly food drive significantly helps St. Maria Goretti’s weekly food distribution. Even our “always open” Gift Shop sends any profit or donations to the Red Cloud Indian School in South Dakota. We can all be very proud of our generosity and at the same time grateful to God for our ability to help others.

With all the rain we have been getting our church grounds look so healthy and clean. Of course, cleanliness doesn’t just happen. We have very hard-working staff and volunteers who make the effort to ensure that our grounds and buildings, inside and out, remain in the best shape possible. Our thanks to Therese Terns, Matt Masley and Mary Below for all the tender loving care offered to us. Please help them keep things so beautiful!

Next weekend, August 5th-6th Dearborn celebrates Homecoming — a time for both “remembering” and remembering. It is a time to come together and share memories of times past and plans for the present. It is a good weekend to come together as families and attend Mass before or after the celebrations downtown. I am sure if you reflect on it, you probably have some wonderful and meaningful memories of St. Martha, St. Joseph and now, St. Kateri.

See you in church!