Dear members and friends of St. Barnabas,
After several weeks' break from construction, this week will see the final phase of the church interior renovation begin. On Monday, the installation of the tile floor commences, starting at the north end of the church. As a result, all weekday Masses will be celebrated in the undercoft until the nave floor is finished. The one exception is the Solemn Mass for Ascension Day at 7:00 pm on Thursday, May 25. The Solemnity of Our Lord's Ascension is a Holy Day of Obligation in both the Ordinariate and the Archdiocese of Omaha. The Mass that evening is also being planned as the end-of-the-year Mass for the Chesterton Academy of Omaha, which will have had its last day of school that day. This will be a wonderful opportunity for members of the St. Barnabas family to worship with and meet the Academy's staff, faculty, students and their families. As the relationship between the parish and the school rapidly develops, it's important for members of our congregation to be prepared to welcome visitors from the Chesterton community, and so I trust St. Barnabas folks will be very much in evidence on Ascension evening.
Meanwhile, the establishment of the new St. Barnabas rectory continues to make progress. The house at 4124 Davenport Street now has phone and internet service, and the new Toshiba copier (purchased from the former owners of the house) is now fully operational. As I have already informed the Parish Pastoral Council, I have hired parishioner Patrick Loveless as our new sexton, and he has taken up temporary residence in the house (along with my two cats, Sixtus and Gregory) to act as caretaker until I move in at the end of June. In addition to looking after the new rectory, Patrick is already making a difference in seeing to various tasks around our expanding campus, and will be even more helpful when the Chesterton Academy moves into its new facilities in the newly-acquired duplexes next door to the church, at 3915-17 and 3921 Davenport Street. The fourth apartment in the buildings will be occupied by our new organist-choir master, Mr. Thomas Andrews, and his family, who will be moving in at the beginning of June.
As we enter this Mothers' Day weekend, I ask God's blessings on all mothers,and to everyone blessed thoughts of their own mothers and grandmothers. At the Sunday Mass this week, we will honor our Blessed Mother the Virgin Mary by crowning her image. May Our Lady's prayers ever be with us all, but especially upon all mothers, both living and deceased.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Jason Catania
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