I wish to thank many parishioners who are busy on the phones this past week soliciting donations and pledges to the Debt Elimination Challenge. I know that we can reach our goal of $3.2 million with the help and generosity of all our parishioners. I beg your prayers as we progress towards this goal. Please continue to keep the Challenge in your prayers, and that many more parishioners will respond to the Challenge with a one-time gift or three year pledge. Thank you for your generosity.
New Parochial Vicar for the Parish: I am very happy to report that our provincial, Fr. Ken Letoile, O.P., has assigned us a second parochial vicar to St. Gertrude’s. Deacon Br. Gabriel Torretta, O.P., will be ordained a priest in May of this year, and will arrive here in early July to begin his duties as associate pastor. I know many of you have been praying for quite some time for the parish to be fully staffed with three priests. I also know how difficult it has been for us to keep going with one less priests. I am grateful to Fr. Allen Moran, O.P., our prior, and the other friars in the priory, for their generosity in the past year and a half in helping us keep up the pace of a very busy parish. Both Fr. Carroll and I are very grateful to the provincial for his kindness towards St. Gertrude’s. Please keep Deacon Br. Gabriel in your prayers in the next few months as he prepares for ordination to the sacred priesthood.