For the last number of years the DePaul Youth & Family Center has rented over half of our school building to supplement the space they acquired when they bought the old convent. Their current lease extends to January of 2021. However, they have informed us that they would like to be released from the contract and vacate our school building. Our response: we will release them from the contract when we find a suitable tenant to take their place. DePaul has agreed to this arrangement, and so we have set up a Tenant Search Committee to find a new tenant.
Those on the committee are Sandy Bossom, Egbert Kunrath, Angie McKinney, Gabe Triplett, and (myself) Leif Kehrwald.
We view this development not as a problem, but as an opportunity. We have the luxury of time to find just the right tenant, who will not only help us pay our bills but hopefully enhance the life and mission of the St. Charles community.
Our committee has toured the space and it is in remarkably good condition. We are confident it will be attractive to potential renters.
Our committee has discussed the qualities and characteristics we want to see in our next tenant. Some of those characteristics include: mission compatible, non-profit, possibly education oriented, willing to sign a long-term lease, willing to participate in the life of this campus.
Our committee is also collaborating with others on this project. DePaul Treatment Center wants to help because it's in their interest. Michael DiMarco of Our 42nd Avenue is lending support and expertise. And we intend to contract with a commercial real estate broker to fully advocate our vision and needs throughout this process.
We will keep you informed along the way. If you have ideas, suggestions, even potential renters, please talk to any one of us on the Tenant Search Committee.
Leif Kehrwald, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-351-9889
Sandy Bossom, email@example.com
Egbert Kunrath, firstname.lastname@example.org
Angie McKinney, email@example.com
Gabe Triplett, 541-680-6509
Congratulations to Rohan Alan Evans son of Mary Evans and Bryan Nesmith (Tony & Lizzy Evans godparents). Congratulations to Anthony Nall, son of Samantha McKinney and Nick Nall (DeVanté Moore and Kathryn VanTyne godparents). Congratulations to Lennox Patrick, son of Kirsten and Rian Patrick (Molly O’Harrow and Cassy O’Harrow godparents). See pictures below.
By Brenna Bailey
An emergency repair team quickly assembled two weeks ago when a resident from the Cedar Shade Mobile Home Park in Cully had their home broken into and front door bashed in. We bought a refurbished door at the ReBuilding Center and folks worked from noon until dark the next day. Thank you volunteers that spent their Friday afternoon working hard to get this done! (And thank you to the Bautista-Hernandez family for the burritos to sustain our hungry workers).
St. Charles Set to Receive Solar Panels and More
by Gabe Triplett
Holly Lebowitz Rossi writes “Is there any greater act of garden faith than tucking bulbs into the ground just before the freezing cold hardens the earth for winter? Digging, arranging and patting down an array of bulbs has become my launching pad for a positive path through the cold, dark season. Like with every garden task, our charge is to persist despite the ever-present possibility that things won’t turn out like we expect them to.” Years ago, the Pastoral and Administrative councils met to discuss the ways in which our parish could use its facilities more effectively towards our mission. Solar panels on our roof was one idea that came forward. How to pay for such an idea seemed out of reach!
The staff began looking for resources to make the idea a reality. With the help of Neil Kelly and parishioner Phylis Spaulding we applied for a grant from Pacific Power for almost half million dollars and we prayed. As is often the case with planting bulbs, come the following spring our efforts did not blossom, we were denied our application and encouraged to try again next year (2017).
We did try again the following year, this time bringing our neighborhood partner, Verde, into the project. I am happy to report that nearly 3 years of work and prayer will soon bare much fruit. With $300,000 dollars from Pacific Power and nearly $100,000 more from Verde, we will soon begin a project that when completed will include a massive solar system on the school roof. This promises to significantly decrease our carbon footprint and also our monthly energy bill (which averages around $1,500!!). The Project will include off grid technology that can store power on site to supply, what will be newly installed outlets on the north side of our school wing, as well as our SVDP refrigerators in the case of a disaster. Most importantly this project includes funding for a large-scale environmental education campaign.
Through this project we will be able to respond to Pope Francis’ call to evangelize our faith of caring for God’s creation through caring for God’s creation. A special thank you to the many parishioners who worked to get this project to where it is. Yours was the work of hope. Rossi says “The work of hope. What an inspiring phrase to capture the effort required, not only to choose, prepare and plant the bulbs, but to set our sights on the bright, warm days that we won’t see for many months.”
We had a terrific celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday, Dec 10. See the video and pictures and video below. The liturgy was beautiful. The dancing was inspired. And the food was outstanding!
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!