Pastor's Column

Sunday, February 24, 2019 

Dear Friends,

It’s time to start talking about baseball. Pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training on February 12th and their first exhibition game was on February 23rd. Opening Day for the 2019 Cardinals Season is April 1st and the Home Opener is April 4th. I’m optimistic about the Redbird this year- it looks like a good roster provided everyone stay healthy.

But, I’m even MORE optimistic about this years Dinner Auction- AT BAT FOR SJA!!!  Play ball my friends!

When: Saturday, May 4th

Where: The SJA Parish Center

Why: To Support the Mission of SJA and enjoy a good meal, fun and fellowship.

Event Reservation Postcards will be mailed out on March 1st. The Committee, led by Jeff and Annie Niklawski, has been working for months already! I guarantee a good time.

It’s a privilege to be able to introduce this year’s Fund-A-Need: A Revitalization of the SJA Parish Center. The SJA parish center was built in 1981. Since then it’s seen almost 40 years of sports, flea markets, trivia nights, Homecomings, meetings, gatherings and parties of every stripe and color. About a 10 years ago the bathrooms were updated and two years ago it got new air conditioning and heating. Now, it’s time for a cosmetic revitalization! Parishioner Julie Abner, owner of Julie Abner Interiors, LLC is leading the design and bid-out process. (Julie was an instrumental part of the church renovation project back in 2008-2009.) The revitalization of the Parish Center will be a boon not only to the SJA community but also the SCCA school community.  The total scope of the work will depend on how much money we can raise at the Fund-A-Need portion of the Dinner Auction.

So, the Committee is dreaming BIG! Here’s our wish list for the SJA Parish Center Revitalization:

-       New flooring, paint and lighting in the entrance foyer. Including the SJA logo in-laid on the floor.

-       New flooring, paint, lighting and redesigned layout for the two concessions stands.

-       New paint in the gym.

-       And if we hit the jackpot- a new floor in the gym.

We hope you can attend the dinner auction, maybe invite some friends and bring a whole table.  If you can’t attend the Dinner Auction please consider supporting the Auction by donating an item to the Silent or Live Auction. No item is too small and no item is too big! (Rumor has it Monsignor Dempsey is looking for a puppy!) We’re in need of items like restaurant gift certificates, golf outings, sporting and concert event tickets, vacation rentals. The Auction is also registered at Target and on Amazon. The Auction wreath is on the Choir Loft Door in the back of church if you’d like to take an ornament and donate that item to the Silent or Live Auction.

We’ve also got a Facebook page. Find us at “At Bat for SJA”.  There’s more information elsewhere in the bulletin.

Keep the Dinner Auction in your prayers: our Prayer of Petition is for a successful and fun evening! All to support the mission and ministry of SJA!

Play Ball!!!

Know that you are loved dearly and prayed for daily.

Fr. Craig