The Holy Father has reached out to Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki to send his assurance of his spiritual closeness to the archbishop of all those impacted by the Waukesha parade attack. Pope Francis sent the remarks through his Secretary of State. The message reads:
TO THE MOST REVEREND JEROME E. LISTECKI, ARCHBISHOP OF MILWAUKEE:
THE HOLY FATHER ASKS YOU KINDLY TO CONVEY THE ASSURANCE OF HIS SPIRITUAL CLOSENESS TO ALL AFFECTED BY THE TRAGIC INCIDENT THAT RECENTLY TOOK PLACE IN WAUKESHA. HE COMMENDS THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO DIED TO ALMIGHTY GOD’S LOVING MERCY AND IMPLORES THE DIVINE GIFTS OF HEALING AND CONSOLATION UPON THE INJURED AND BEREAVED. HE JOINS YOU IN ASKING THE LORD TO BESTOW UPON EVERYONE THE SPIRITUAL STRENGTH WHICH TRIUMPHS OVER VIOLENCE AND OVERCOMES EVIL WITH GOOD (CF. ROM 12:21).
CARDINAL PIETRO PAR OLIN
SECRETARY OF STATE
Archbishop Listecki’s Christmas message is now available on the Archdiocese of Milwaukee website. You can read this inspiring message for the New Year here.
The budgets attached represent the amount of revenues we expect next year as well as what we expect to spend maintaining services to the parish and school, staff and grounds upkeep.
The School budget is balanced albeit very tightly. As in years past, the school accepted several additional students over the summer months. We are anticipating the same will happen again this summer. Tuition for those additional students have not been included in the budget. In total, all budgets for school associated activities are positive.
The Pandemic has negatively impacted the financial picture of the Parish. Two years in a row we have not had a Festival. Net revenue from each festival has not been less than $50,000 each year. Envelope contributions fell and weekly offertory cash was off significantly this last year. In addition, there is an increase in salaries due to replacing several legacy staff members. Accounting for these changes results in a $125,000 loss to the parish. This is the first time in many years that St. Matthias has submitted a deficit budget to the Archdiocese.
To offset some of this deficit, included in the July/August envelope packet will be a special envelope for Festival donations. Please use this special envelope to share with the Parish whatever monies you would have spent at the Festival. You can also contribute online through the parish website, www.stmatthias-milw.org. Scroll to the bottom and click on “Give Online”. We also ask that you keep this deficit in mind as you discern your weekly contributions to the parish.
We continue to move through a transition time here at St. Matthias. There is a lot happening! This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. While the Christ Event happened in one movement of time–life, death resurrection, ascension, and sending of the Spirit (Pentecost)—we separate the various moments in order to reflect on them and their meaning for us.
With the ascension, we remind ourselves that upon his death Jesus moved into the fullness of glory with the Father. This can be a good time for us to be aware of our movement through this life toward the same life after death—a time to remember that our loved ones who have gone before us have already moved into a fullness of life with God. It’s also a time to remember that we will one day join them.
On Monday, May 17th, our newest staff member Charmaine Pfeifer will join us and take her place in the front office to begin learning all that is involved in her role as the initial contact for people who call or visit the office for various reasons. We certainly welcome her and look forward to her presence among us! In the meantime, our “transition team” will continue to monitor and guide parish life. I am grateful to our two trustees, Don Vaclav and Paul Ziehler as well as Jean Hansen, who leads the Finance Council. We meet weekly to make sure all areas of parish life are on track. Of course, this is in concert with the parish staff, volunteers, and all who work for the good of the parish.
Sacramental providers will remain the same: Fr. Dave, Fr. Bill, Fr. Charlie, and myself. We are happy to continue serving the people of St. Matthias in this capacity!
On July 1st, we will be joined by Permanent Deacon Stanley Lowe. He will assume the position of Parish Director. We look forward to welcoming him to the parish community! Some of you have been asking how Jeff Van Dalen is doing. I recently spoke with him via telephone, and he is recovering from surgery on his Achilles tendon, a slow and painful process that means very limited mobility. Please keep him in your prayers.
May the Spirit continue to guide us!
Fr. Chuck Schramm,
It is with heavy heart that the festival committee is announcing that our festival will be cancelled for 2021. We have been working diligently on trying to make things work this year, but due to many matters out of our control, we are unable to move forward. At this time, we plan to forage ahead for 2022, and hope that the current issues of today will not be an interference.
Let us all pray for health and prosperity for our parish community.
The Festival Committee
Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers! St. Matthias will celebrate the feast of St. Matthias and host a volunteer appreciation dinner on May 14, 2015 at 6:00 PM.
Come celebrate the feast of our patron saint.
St. Matthias was an apostle and a martyr chosen by the remaining eleven apostles to replace Judas following Judas’ betrayal of Jesus.
St. Matthias is symbolized by the book and ax, being a teacher and martyr for Christ.