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Is this Crazy or what? – Carol Kittell

April 1, 2020

Did any of us ever think something like this current
situation with the coronavirus and the “Safe at Home”
directives would be our new reality? How fast our
lives were changed! From one day to the next, we
had no idea what to expect; not only for us
personally, but also for our churches and for us
spiritually. I certainly never thought I would see the
day our churches would close. Like I said-CRAZY!

I have been working from home the past two weeks

and am grateful I have a few big projects that will
keep me busy for some time. It helps the day go by
as I have been pretty isolated. This slowing down,
however, has had its blessings. I am finding more
time for prayer. I have been looking at some
websites and Facebook sites from other parishes in
the diocese and have found a variety of online prayer
and spiritual opportunities such as “Café with the
Priests” in Manitowoc and morning Mass with Fr.
Timothy Brandt (remember him)? I am also finding
that I want to take a walk every day. Before, even
though I had good intentions, by the time I got home
after a day at the office and had a bite to eat, it was
easy to come up with a reason why not to go for a
walk. Now I look forward to getting outside for a
while and am thankful that this isn’t the middle of
winter with freezing temperatures.

So far, I am enjoying this change in my lifestyle but
am also aware that this is not the case for everyone.
If you feel you need to talk to someone, please call
the office. Even though most of us are working from
home, we are still checking our voice messages and
will get back to you. We are happy to hear from you
and know that we keep all of you in our prayers. I
look forward to the end of all of this and being able to
get back into the office. Even though I’m enjoying
this right now, I’m sure, in another couple of weeks,
the novelty will wear off and I will want to be out and
about with people again.

On another note, and one I hate to bring up at this
time but it is part of my job; what are we doing about
church finances? This is going to be a challenge;
we still have bills to pay and we have to pay our
staff. (To help make it a little easier for the parishes
to meet payroll, some staff members have given up
their pay during this time; others have voluntarily cut
back their hours, and others have asked for a
reduction in pay. I would say that we have an
awesome staff that has the parishes’ best interests
at heart). We are doing whatever we can to reduce
payroll and cut expenses but we still need you to do
your part and continue to make your church
contributions. You can do that by sending in your
envelope each week or by setting up automatic
withdrawals. We encourage automatic withdrawals
because they are easy for us to set up and manage
and you will not have to write out a check each week.
Just call MJ at the parish office to get the withdrawal
set up. We are also going to be looking into the
opportunity for online giving. If that becomes available,
tails will be in the bulletin. We are still getting our mail
so that is another way to get your church contribution
to us.

Before I end, I want to share something I found

The Millionaire

At a church meeting, a very wealthy man rose to tell
the rest of those present about his Christian faith.
“I’m a millionaire,” he said, “and I attribute it all to the
rich blessings of God in my life. I remember that

turning point in my faith. I had just earned my first
dollar and I went to a church meeting that night. The
speaker was a missionary who told about his work. I
knew that I only had a dollar bill and had to either give
it all to God’s work or nothing at all. So at that
moment, I decided to give my whole dollar to God. I
believe that God blessed that decision and that is why
I am a rich man today.”

He finished and there was an awed silence at his

testimony as he moved toward his seat. As he sat
down, a little old lady sitting in the same pew leaned
over and said to him, “I dare you to do it again.”

Now, I am not going to ask you to give up your
millions, but we could sure use your regular contributions.
If at all possible, please keep those coming. I
strongly believe that God can’t be outdone in generosity.
I have seen and personally experienced that. Join
with me now in helping to keep our parishes financially
viable until we can get back to business as usual.
Thank you and may God bless you and keep you and
your family safe and healthy.

Carol Kittell

Quad Parish Business Administrator