Bulletin - June 7, 2020
From the Pastor:
Due to the continued lock down because of the Corona virus by the governor we will continue doing mass the way that we have been with no servers, etc. through the middle of June at least.
As things develop, I will keep you informed. Thank you once again and God Bless all of you.
God bless you all.
Father Paul M. Hartley
Bishop McKnight's June Prayer
“May the Sacred Heart of Jesus transform all men, especially fathers, to trust in the model of St. Joseph to instill in them courageous leadership and devotion for those whom God has placed in their care.”
Work on Church
Now that things are opening up somewhat, work around the Church is beginning, as you may have noticed. The work on the Bell Tower will begin as soon as the tuckpointing company gets to us on their list, hopefully before too much longer. Also, the retaining wall along the north side of the Rectory will begin soon and will do a great deal to prevent the erosion that is something of a hazard. These projects are going to be paid for through the Capital Campaign Funds that we already have accumulated along with additional projects as we continue to receive funding through your great generosity. You have also have noticed that there is work being done on the concrete around the Church. This will include repaving the steps and walkways as well as installing a heating system for melting snow and ice from the steps and walkways and a ramp to the front door of the Church. This is being accomplished through the very generous contribution of a parishioner and is going to be a great improvement to the safety and appearance of St. Mary’s Church. We will be keeping you informed as we continue to meet the goals of the Capital Campaign. Thank you all once again for your great signs of support and generous donations out of your love and care for our Parish. God bless you all.
Father Paul Hartley
Help Us “Stimulate” St. Mary’s
Government stimulus checks should be deposited/mailed soon. 90% of Americans are eligible to receive full or partial payments. If you have been blessed enough to remain unaffected financially from the COVID-19 crisis, I challenge you to donate this money to an organization or person in need. St. Mary’s, as well as almost all churches, relies heavily on the tithing of its members. With the cancellation of public Masses, offertory amounts have declined and income goes down. However, expenses remain the same. Teachers at St. Mary’s School are still working hard as ever grading papers, developing take-home curriculum, and answering questions. They must continue to be paid.
For the entire year of 2020, the limitation on how much of your charitable donations you can deduct against your income has been lifted by the federal government. No matter how much you give. So, for those blessed with un-impacted incomes by the COVID-19 crisis, there is a great tax reason to increase donations.
We have already had three parishioners come forward planning on donating their stimulus money to St. Mary’s. If your finances have not been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, they challenge you to do the same. If you have been greatly impacted by the crisis, know that we are praying for you and are willing to assist anyway we can. Let’s do all we can to turn this crisis into a positive for our Church, community, and country.
Alternative tithing methods outside of regular Mass. Ways to ensure we can still make payroll and pay our bills:
Check mailed to St. Mary Catholic Church (421 3rd St., Glasgow, MO, 65254).
Credit card via our website (https://www.glasgowstmary.com/). Click the “Donate Now” button at the top of the page.
Utilize online bill pay wherever you bank, utilizing St. Mary Parish as a “biller”. Contact your bank if you have more questions on this.
If you bank at Tri-County Trust Company, you can contact them about setting up an “automatic transfer” from your bank account to St. Mary’s bank account.
If you receive your paycheck electronically, you can inquire from your workplace about sending part of your paycheck to St. Mary Catholic Church. Contact Tri-County Trust Company for assistance filling out this form for your employer.
Thank you so much for your generosity in this difficult time.
Knights of Columbus The Knights of Columbus have postponed the fish fry originally scheduled for Friday 27th. Future date TBD.
St. Mary's School News
Mission…St. Mary School is committed to educating the whole child. St. Marys School provides opportunities for Spiritual, moral, intellectual, and physical growth of each student in a loving, Catholic environment. Students are encouraged to share and to serve within the school, church, and community while realizing their own full potential.