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For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2015-08-16

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Analysis and Commentary:

1. What Can Happen to a Parish in a Year? In October last year, we posted What Can Happen to a Parish in Four Months? In future posts we hope to recount the changes that have occurred here at St. Peter’s since our new Pastor arrived. For now, however, we would like to share some more upbeat thoughts. There have been some amazing turnarounds at St. Charles Borromeo Parish since Father departed. Some are obvious and some are very subtle. Unfortunately, we don’t have the time this evening to discuss everything. So, it may take a little work on your part, but it’s a worthwhile effort. Please compare and contrast what you find in St. Charles’ bulletin in June 2014 with what is happening in August 2015. Someday, the same will happen at St. Peter’s. Also, take note of the staff changes over the course of a year. There are important reasons for the turnover.

2. Time for a Vacation? Still? Yes, even longer than we had anticipated. Once again, without notification in the bulletin, it appears that our Pastor will continue his vacation through most of this coming week. There will be Communion Services on the 17th and 19th. Let us just say here and now, Deacon Bob Benyo is a man who is living his vocation. The homilies at the Communion Services have been both instructive and inspiring. My wife and I have enjoyed this last week – early in the morning with the Lord and with each other. This is why we came to St. Peter’s from Idaho.

Imbalance3. Popcorn Tonight!!! The homelessness myths have returned. Finally, I can have the popcorn I’ve been waiting for. This week we have skipped from Myth 6 to Myth 9.

Myth #9: Homelessness is going away. The number of homeless people declined nationwide by 2 percent between 2013 and 2014, HUD found. But the homeless population increased by 6% in New York City, where 12% of homeless Americans reside, and 1% in all major cities.

The indoctrination on homelessness obviously is far more important than the increase of people leaving their Catholic faith, the baby parts that are being sold, and the assault on our religious freedom by the Supreme Court on June 26th. Father, you need to recover your balance.

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