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Giving Thanks this November

Thanksgiving still marks the beginning of the holiday season. I always like Thanksgiving because it is not a big commercial holiday. Halloween, Christmas, and Easter offer vendors more opportunities to make money. Thanksgiving is a one-day event. It comes and goes very quietly. But it is a day when I have memories of family gatherings where there was quality time spent together around a common meal. My family played games and shared stories.

A Closer Look: Parish Finances

We ended the year “in the black” and are grateful for the financial health of our parish. In our continued spirit of transparency, we would like to share additional financial details about our year.

Diagnosing Our Financial Health

Every year our parish finance committee shares a complete financial report with every parishioner. We do this, so every parishioner will understand the financial health of the parish.

A Year of Growth

This year will be a pivotal year in our parish. We will be engaging in a capital campaign. It is a unique undertaking. We are joining with Christ the King Parish and Seton School to raise funds for building projects that will affect all three institutions. We have contracted with the Steier Group which is headquartered in Omaha Nebraska to solicit pledges for the improvements we hope to make. How the Catholics of Moline will respond to this undertaking will determine how healthy our local Catholic Community will be in the future.

Faith Formation is the Greatest Gift We Can Give

Evangelization is something that is always on our mind as a parish. The main reason we exist is to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. We want to see people commit their life to Christ and be baptized. One of the main ways we form young people in the faith is through our Catholic Schools.

The Lessons of St. Vincent DePaul

St. Vincent DePaul is a world-wide movement of lay people who seek to help the poor and to grow in holiness. Our St. Vincent DePaul members will be available to help transients and to visit people within our parish boundaries. We often have people call our parish with material needs. We want to show them compassion and caring.

Growing as a Community

Recently we had a special event at our parish. It happens almost every year. We call it “mulch day.” The Garden Committee and others met at 8 a.m. in the morning and they spread mulch around our flower beds so that they will be weed free for most of the summer. We have several tons delivered and it is a massive job to disperse it.

A Month of Milestones

Part of the appeal of Catholicism is that we have many special celebrations that mark milestones in our lives. During the month May we have First Communions and graduations here at Sacred Heart and Seton School.

Capital Improvements and Growth

Dear Parishioners, During the upcoming weeks we will participate in an ambitious study to decide if we should undertake a capital campaign for the parishes of the Moline area and Seton School. We have many needs. The Sacred Heart church building needs major maintenance projects including making the church building more accessible for those who are physically challenged. We would also like to provide other amenities that would enhance our worship space.

Sacred Heart's Footprint May Be Expanding

The lot of the former First American State Bank building behind Culeman's Hall may soon become part of Sacred Heart's campus, which would provide more space for parking or building, as well as a safe drop-off point.

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