35 years ago, I stood right about here holding a candle at the groundbreaking ceremony for this building. Raise your hand if you were there. I can remember it was such a thrilling event and because I was an altar server I was right in front of the excitement.
35 years later and we come here every Sunday as Today’s Gospel proclaims, to Hear Jesus’ voice. To follow Him and to enter eternal life.
When we prepare our dead for eternal life at funerals you can still observe visitors for the first time arrive and enter this space, and in their grief, find comfort in the beauty that surrounds them.
Our beautiful space needs some expensive maintenance. We have had a new baptismal font designed to match the limestone and the shape of the altar ambo and presider’s chair. Fr. Kevin obtained an 11th century Romanesque/early Gothic baptismal font which will be incorporated into the design giving it much character. That should be completed this summer.
Look above you. There is a lot of roof to replace. We have been working with a roofing consultant to evaluate the structure, prepare and solicit bids and be onsite during the project which we anticipate later this year.
The parish has savings to carry out these projects and that is thanks to generosity for this annual campaign and Father Kevin’s influence on our stellar stewardship commission. Whenever we exceed our CSA target, which is just over $100 Thousand this year, the excess is returned to our savings without being assessed 7%. However, we do need this year’s campaign to be a lot more successful because we have other expensive maintenance items on the horizon that our savings will not cover unless we refill the bucket.
So, the Archdiocese is going to mail you pledge cards because that is what they always do. My hope is that those of you who are able, will go online and set up your pledge to reduce the expensive manual processing. Do this from the Give Tab on our website or there is a QR Code to scan in the bulletin. If you just want to donate to the Baptismal Font, or to the Roof Fund, you can do that too. We have permission to raise funds for these projects and avoid the assessment. Both funds are open in our online giving portal.
St. Aidan’s Mission is not just about keeping a building maintained. Paul and Barnabas spread the Good News with just a shiny pair of sandals. But people are attracted to beauty and throughout the world people enter spaces like this in their hour of need. They arrive and find comfort in a church building that displays how its community poured out their treasures for the Glory of God. Be generous so St. Aidan can continue to stand tall in Livonia to serve our neighbors and lead them to eternal life with Jesus. Be generous, so I don’t have to come up here again.