The 67th Annual Spaghetti Dinner was a great success . . . thanks to the more than 100 people who volunteered their time to make it happen. It’s a lot of work, but it’s also a lot of fun. Special thanks to Lindy and Logan Gibbons for once again chairing the event, and to Sandy Bossom, Jo Martens and Joe Schiwek for serving on the core team. Can’t name everyone who helped, but a few people deserve mention for their extraordinary contributions: Sam McKinney on the dishwasher, Mary Lynn Pierce on the placemats, John Winchester and crew for cooking meat, Lindy’s & Logan’s parents for all around help, Karen O’Harrow and Mike O’Harrow for tireless support before, during, and after, Fernando Madrid for troubleshooting our plumbing problems. See pictures below.
On Sunday, October 22 we welcomed eleven children into the community. That's right, we baptized eleven young people!
I was a stranger and you welcomed me. (Mt 25:25)
Since its inception in 2012, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) has provided work authorization and relief from deportation to nearly 800,000 undocumented children and young adults living in the United States, including parishioners from St. Charles. For many DACA recipients this country is the only home they have known, and now they, their friends, families, children, co-workers, and other loved ones, face what out Archbishop Alexander Sample and the Bishops of the United States have called "reprehensible". Fear of families and communities torn apart, social isolation, and hardship. Archbishop Sample said in a pastoral letter to all of us "I wish that more people would stop and think about how this decision affects the lives of real young people and their families. It is not just a bureaucratic decision, but one that impacts the lives and tramples on the hopes and dreams of many young people. I will work closely with my brother bishops to pursue every avenue to see this sad situation is made right."
The immigrant justice committee is committed to helping the bishops at the ground level. We continue to listen and have begun work on many avenues that we believe wi wll help our immigrant brothers and sisters in the parish and neighborhood. Our Next meeting will be Saturday October 21st from 3:30-4:30 in Room 12.
Click here for a message from Archbishop Sample, and a letter from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, as well as and local actions.
Many thanks to all those who helped with last Sunday’s annual parish BBQ. It was a whole lotta fun for all! See a few pics below. No less than 26 people contributed their time, energy, and talent to pull it off. Thanks to each and everyone of you for your dedication to St. Charles. What a terrific community to be a part of!
Recall the issue with the carpeting in the sanctuary. It is buckling in numerous high traffic areas. It presents a safety risk for those who are not steady on their feet. Removing the carpet is not simple because it is glued down to a tile floor. The tiles contain asbestos. It would be impossible to remove the carpet without pulling up tiles, which would release asbestos into the air. That’s dangerous!
In order to safely remove the carpet, it would have to be done by a certified asbestos abatement company, and the carpet and tile would have to be disposed of properly. All of this is very expensive. We also learned that laying new carpet is more expensive than we anticipated. All told, the job would cost in the range of $50,000 - $75,000. We cannot afford that.
So, a strategy we are pursuing involves leaving the carpet in place (aside from the buckling, it is not worn) and performing these steps:
1) cut the carpet where it is buckling
2) glue down the seams
3) place custom-sized, commercial mats over the area of the seams.
We have one mat in place in an area between the chapel and the baptismal font. It looks nice! Although, we haven’t yet found someone to cut and glue the carpet. If you know of someone to do this work, please contact Leif Kehrwald at email@example.com or 503-351-9889.
Based on the cost of the one experimental mat, we estimate that we can fix all the carpet buckles for approximately $5000. One parishioner has put up $500 as a matching grant. Can you help raise the money to match this grant? Make your donation in one of three ways:
1) Give online at by clicking here.
2) Drop a check in the Sunday Collection made out to St Charles and write “Carpet Repair” in the memo line
3) Tell Leif Kehrwald the amount you would like to pledge. Contact Leif at 503-351-9889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your help!
As you may have heard, the Liturgy Committee and parish musicians have been discussing a slight re-location of the musicians at Mass on Sunday (& Saturday).
Liturgically, the primary music minister in the liturgy is the assembly. The principal role of the choir or music group is to lead and support the song of the assembly. Musicians are considered part of the assembly, and so it is more appropriate for them to lead song from the assembly rather than play/sing to the assembly.
With these norms in mind, we would like to re-position the music group (whether choir or folk group or Sat song leaders) to the area where the choir pews are located. From this location, they can still lead the assembly in song, and at the same time be with the assembly in worship. It will actually increase participation from the assembly.
In order to do this, we would remove those pews and replace them with approximately 15 chairs. The chairs will allow for flexibility that the pews do not. We intend to purchase chairs that are the exact match of the chairs on the altar and the chairs in the small chapel (without kneelers). Cost is $150 each.
Of course, there are a lot of logistics involved:
- removing pews
- purchasing chairs
- re-positioning piano
- re-positioning group leader to be able to see both altar and musicians
- re-positioning microphone jacks
- moving music materials
- providing places for coats and other materials that musicians currently place in the pews
We believe these are solvable problems. For more info on this, or to share your concerns and comments, contact Tom Ficker (email@example.com) or Leif Kehrwald (firstname.lastname@example.org). We welcome your input.
A number of parishioners have made a pledge toward the purchase of one or more chairs. If you would like to pledge or donate, here are your options:
Thanks so much.
There is good news and bad news related to gym/kitchen rental.
Bad news. Throughout the summer, the gym and kitchen have been used by numerous outside groups for events and celebrations. Unfortunately, we have encountered numerous problems with these events, including damage to chairs, tables, doors, and in one instance the alarm system. We have also received complaints about noise, un-supervised children, use of alcohol, and groups staying well past closing time (10 pm). Clean-up has also been a major problem with respect to floors, tables, kitchen, and trash removal.
These problems have outweighed the income generated. And since these groups have not affiliation with St. Charles, there is no advancement of the mission and ministry of the parish. So, we have put a temporary suspension on all new event rentals of the gym/kitchen until we develop new policies and procedures for events that involve food. We are not taking any new reservations at this time.
Note. This suspension applies to outside persons/parties. A parishioner can book the gym/kitchen for an event that you personally take full responsibility for, and that you personally will be present at throughout the event. To book a date, contact Leif at 503-281-6461 or email@example.com.
Good news. For months, we have been looking for a group to rent the gym for athletic recreation. We are happy to announce that Underdog Sports Leagues has agreed to rent our gym three nights/week, September through May, for their volleyball leagues. They will have the gym 6 - 10 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday beginning Sept 11.
It’s a win/win deal for both Underdog Sports and St Charles. For us, it is almost entirely passive income that will generate just over $10,000. Compared to weekend parties in the gym, cleanup and facilities abuse will be minimal.
During the week, this leaves the gym available for meetings on most Wednesday evenings, except during Lent.
In its year end report, the Administrative Council challenged all parishioners to keep the parish financial house in order by increasing your offertory giving by $5 each week. When was the last time you increased your gift to the parish? We realize that for some, this just is not possible. No problem. And yet for others, it is quite doable . . . maybe even more. Consider it, and thanks for your generosity.
For those who give to the parish by way of the WeShare Online service, here are the steps to change the amount of your recurring gift.
by Administrative Council
August 12, 2017
For the first time in many years we finished in the black. Prior to this year we were spending down our reserve at the rate of $15, 000 / year. As a result our reserve balance is just under $200,000, leaving us little ability to respond to any emergency situations. Despite a brutal winter that caused increased spending on maintaining our facilities we were able to come in $38K under budget.