tom schliessman

May 22, 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

A few weeks ago, after consultation, I made the decision to discontinue the Parish Festival. This is a good time for that. Last year's Festival was a joyous note to end on, with its good weather and wonderful spirits.  

There is much to be said for the Festival.  To name just a couple: 

The Festival is a wholesome gathering for the neighborhood and a witness to our presence in the community.  
Everyone involved in the Festival during its history, has generously given of time, creativity, and energy.  

Still, even though we have not emphasized it as a money-making event, there is a very low dollar return for the amount of time and energy and volunteer work that goes into the Festival, as compared to festivals in other parishes.  

I am grateful for Sarah's openness to either continue the Festival in some form, or to let it go.  And I am grateful to her especially for running the Festival for the past several years.

I do not know what all of you may think of doing in the future to announce Christ’s presence in this neighborhood. But all of you are so creative and loving, and I am sure it will be wonderful.

In Easter Joy,

fr.tom sig

Mis hermanos y hermanas:  
Hace unas semanas después de algunas consultas, decidí suspender el Festival de la Parroquia.  Y este es un buen momento para hacerlo.  El Festival del año pasado tuvo una forma positiva de terminar; con un buen tiempo y  una energía maravillosa.
Hay mucho que decir sobre el Festival.  Por nombrar sólo un par: 
- El Festival es una saludable celebración en el  vecindario y testimonio de nuestra presencia en la co munidad.  
- A lo largo de su historia, todos los partici- pantes en el Festival han aportado genero- samente su tiempo, su creatividad y su ener- gía.  
Sin embargo, aunque no lo hemos enfatizado como un evento que genera dinero, hay un escaso retorno en dólares para la cantidad de tiempo, energía y trabajo voluntario que se dedica al Festival en comparación con los festivales de otras parroquias.  
Estoy agradecido por la apertura de Sarah de seguir con el festival o dejarlo ir. Y quiero agradecer especialmente a ella, por dirigir el Festival durante los últimos años.  
No sé lo que todos ustedes piensen o hagan en el futuro para anunciar la presencia de Cristo en este vecindario.  Pero todos ustedes son muy creativos y afectuosos, y estoy seguro de que será maravilloso.  
Con gozo en la Pascua,

fr.tom sig

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