I hope that you are enjoying the beautiful summer weather we have been having and enjoying some time for peace and relaxation, time with friends and time with the Lord Himself. I wanted to introduce you to a few new parish staff members who have begun to work at St. Mary’s this month.
The first is our new Cemetery Sexton, Mr. Kraig Klapperich. Kraig will be taking over the administration of our parish cemetery, from selling plots, coordinating burials and overseeing the maintenance of the cemetery itself. We are grateful to have him on board. While you may not see our parish cemetery too often or may not think about it until there is a pressing need, it is an important part of our parish’s life and so we are grateful to place it in his hands. It may be a good moment too to remind all of us to pray for the dead, which, hopefully, can be a regular intention in our prayers.
Secondly, I’d like to welcome two new part-time parish receptionists, Mrs. Pam Mueller and Miss Elizabeth Lanser. Pam and Lizzie started earlier this month and between the two of them and our wonderful front desk volunteers, we will have the phones and doors staffed throughout the hours the office is opened. The two of them will provide some clerical support to the parish administrative staff. Pam will take over the scheduling of parish facilities and Lizzie will take on the task of managing my calendar. In addition both will be ready and available to help with Mass intentions, scheduling weddings and funerals, and all the other day to day things which unfold in the life of a parish.
Finally, I’d like to bring you up to speed on the Archdiocesan 2020 Planning Process. You may recall that about a year ago I ran a series of bulletin articles where the planning process for the Archdiocese was laid out. As you can imagine, the planning process is a work in progress and is dictated by parish needs as well as priest availability. The 2020 Plan called for St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s (Wauwatosa) to share one priest in the near future. While this is the plan on paper the reality is that this year there were enough priests to assign St. Joseph’s a new pastor, Fr. Dennis Weiland, so we welcome him as our neighbor!