Pastor’s Current Projects
Parishioners and friends of St. Catharine- St. Margaret Parish Family frequently ask if there is any way they are able to “help” the parish. We always encourage anyone able to volunteer their time and talent within the parish, however some people are either not able or would like to make a monetary contribution instead.
Below is a listing of “projects” currently happening in the parish. We are extremely grateful for all of the generous contributions that come in throughout the year, we would not be able to assist as many people as we do without your support.
If you are looking to make a donation in memory of a loved one, as part of a bequest or would like contribute toward one of these projects please contact us for more information and to make arrangements.
Donations can also be made to the parish specifically for St. Catharine School, a link to their website can be found HERE
St. Margaret Hall
Renovation of community hall at St Margaret Church. A new floor has been installed; New dividers have also been installed to facilitate small as well as large gatherings; New window treatments have been installed, and new drapes are being selected and ordered. A closed circuit TV system has been ordered to facilitate the transmission of Masses upstairs in the church to the hall. New elevator has been installed that makes the church and the hall accessible to the handicapped. Funds for these improvements have been from the estate of deceased parishioner Frank Duffy. When the renovations have been completed a celebration in Frank’s honor will be scheduled, and the hall will be dedicated as “The Frank Duffy Hall”.
Pre-K Classrooms at St. Catharine School
Two classrooms in St Catharine School have been reconstituted to accommodate the new Pre-K 4 and Pre-K 3 classrooms. These classrooms have special requirements for our youngest students. Since our Pre-K program has expanded so much since its inception just two years ago new classrooms are needed to accommodate our students.
St. Catharine School Playground
Our redesigned and reconstituted playground includes new basketball courts, and an adventure playground for the younger students. New fencing will make the play-ground more secure and more appealing. The new playground was dedicated at a special Mass/reception on Sat Sept 8 @ 4.00. Thanks to the successful fund raising activities of the PTA throughout the year for spearheading and funding this effort. Pavers can also be purchased to assist in funding the playground through the school’s website HERE
New Organ at St. Catharine Church
New Organ for St Catharine Church and removal of current organ to St Margaret Church to replace the aging organ already there. Funds for the new organ come from the estate of Ruth Rempke who bequeathed substantial funds to be used for the restoration and beautification of St Catharine Church
St. Catharine Church Roof Repair
Repairs to roof of St Catharine Church, and repair of the water damage to the fresco over the Blessed Mother Altar.
Glass Niches at Resurrection Mausoleum of St. Catharine Cemetery
Due to the overwhelming response from parishioners that would prefer to be placed to eternal rest at St. Catharine Cemetery we have purchased Glass Niches for cremated remains at St Catharine Cemetery. You should see this addition with in the next few weeks.
Faith in our Future
The parish core leaders have resumed meeting after the Christmas holidays. The team is planning to meet every other week for the next few months.
The goal of the program is to explore ways in which parishes of the Diocese can: 1. Share more resources with each other and with parishes in need 2. Avoid unneeded duplication of services; and 3. Fill in the gaps where service and ministry have not been available.
Currently the St. Catharine-St. Margaret team is preparing for a self assessment of the parish which will highlight what we do well and what we need to improve. This is a process that the whole parish needs to be involved in. In the weeks ahead, we will be asking the members of the parish to express their views and perceptions of the parish through a questionnaire.
A town hall type meeting will also be scheduled for discussion and input from members of the parish. The following members of the parish have agreed to serve as core leaders in conjunction with the pastor: MaryAnn Christopher, Maureen Martin, Mary Lou Oliva, Rich Diver.
For more information on Faith In Our Future click HERE