New Year Greetings
ST. HELEN OF THE CROSS
ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
OFFICE OF THE PASTOR
…With God, all things are possible! Matt 19:26
January 2, 2019
RE: A New Year and many wonderful opportunities forthcoming
Happy New Year to each and every one of our parishioners! As we begin this new year, it is my hope and prayer that 2019 is filled with much love, joy, and peace to you and your loved ones.
As Pastor of St. Helen of the Cross Roman Catholic Church, there are some wonderful developments taking place here at our blessed parish community for 2019 and I would like to give you all an update.
As we begin 2019, I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to the various ministries of St. Helen of the Cross who made our Christmas celebrations so beautiful. I would like to thank our Altar Society, Knights of Columbus, Catholic Daughters of America, and Pastoral Council for all their many efforts in preparing our altar, Christmas tree, and our parish nativity scene. I also want to thank our CCD teachers who made our children’s Mass so special! They did a lot of hard work and much thanks to them.
In preparing for this new year, I wanted to give an update on some of our upcoming building projects we are implementing here at St. Helen of the Cross. Building projects assist us to beautify the parish, maintain the overall integrity of the building, and at the same help reduce costs over time as we begin to upgrade various elements in our parish home.
As to date, we have submitted a grant to the Roman Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Tucson seeking a grant for two items, which needs some upgrades: brand new energy efficient windows, and secondly an upgrade to our current parish sound system. These projects are subject to completion assuming we are awarded the grant.
In light of this reality, there will be many giving opportunities for families to sponsor windows and/or assist with sponsoring the upgrade to our sound system. We will be replacing all 17 windows in the parish church with dual pane energy efficient windows. These new windows should assist us with reducing cooling and heating in the years to come.
Additionally, we are so thankful to our many families and friends who in the recent past have donated so generously to our parish to maintain its needs. The plaques of pasts donations from our families will be taken down and placed on a plaque and be placed in our parish hall for all to see.
As we move forward in this new year, may we make it the best one of our lives now and forever!
God bless and may we always be vigilant in our prayers and worship of the Lord!
Sincerely Yours in Christ Jesus,
Rev. Alonzo M. García, Pastor
St. Helen of the Cross Roman Catholic Church