Merry Christmas! May the joy and peace of Jesus, our newborn King, be yours throughout this Christmas season and the new year ahead! As we continue to celebrate the Lord’s Nativity and approach the end of 2021 I want to share a few updates with you.
As you can see when entering church, our new beautiful stained-glass window has been installed just in time for these holy days! I’m deeply grateful to Fr. Tom for his vision and leadership in getting this project started (and paid for in full!) before I arrived. I’m also deeply grateful to Sr. John Rose – who I never met but who I look forward to meeting, God-willing, on the other side of eternity – for her faith and generosity (even in death), which made this project a reality. I also know that many of you have made contributions to assist with these efforts over the past decade as well – so thank you!
As you know (and can hear!) we also have a new sound system in church, which was paid for by a longtime parishioner who died and left a bequest to the parish with the stated intention of improving things within the church. May he rest in peace, and may God reward him for his generous gift which will serve our faith community for many years to come!
Also, I want to provide you with a brief update on the progress that is being made on the Creek Crossing Development Project (just north of the parish). As you can see when you drive by, the major infrastructure work has been finished and lots are now available for purchase. I’m grateful to the Creek Crossing Board Members (who constitute a separate legal entity from the parish) for their work in ensuring the success of this project up to this point – working in conjunction with the Village of Cross Plains, the State of Wisconsin, the DNR, etc. – and for their commitment to maximizing this gift for the long-term good of the parish. As you may or may not know, our parish is the sole beneficiary of this project. Nevertheless, it will still be at least a couple of years before we see any of the proceeds because lots must first be sold, loans repaid, etc. If you or anyone else you know is interested in purchasing a lot or would like more information, please contact Board Director Jeff Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Finally, I want to humbly ask you to consider making an extra end of the year donation to St. Francis Xavier and/or increasing your weekly offertory giving throughout 2022. Unfortunately, our costs continue to increase (just like everywhere else) and the extremely high inflation rates only make the situation more challenging. In addition, because of COVID, some sources of income that we have traditionally relied upon have not returned to pre-COVID levels or projections. As such, all of this taken together means that we are a bit behind on meeting our annual budget at the halfway point of the parish’s fiscal year. So, anything that you can do to help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your help, and thank you to all of you who give so generously!
Once again, may you have a blessed and merry Christmas and New Year!
All for Jesus,