I am pleased to report that our first deposit for the GRAND ANNUAL CAMPAIGN was $25,000.00 and over the past two weeks we have received another $9,000.00. Our parish is blessed to have so many folks who attend and who take seriously the call to be good stewards of their money. We have had many folks from out of town who have made contributions in amounts of $500.00 and one family who gave us $5,000.00. Along with checks were many kind words wishing me well in getting a new roof installed by the end of fall. I want to thank them and each of you who have come forward to make a pledge to undertake this critical work. Just before Saturday evening’s Mass I had to break out the vacuum cleaner so that I could clean up fallen plaster near the fish pond side in the front and back. We now have four areas where the plaster is crumbling and falling to the ground. While the ceiling is in sound condition the unsightly discolored patches accompanied with the nuisance of falling debris reminds us of the need to raise the funds as quickly as possible and see if we can move up the roof’s replacement.

If you have a chance this week, please make a pledge and let’s see if we can get this roof taken care of sooner.

A few folks caught me after Mass and indicated how pleased they were with the appearance of the grounds. Our landscapers came here last week and completed a great deal of weeding, with more to follow. We will also be planting more flowers in front of the parish hall. I am still looking to replace the old monkey tree with another tree that can withstand the blustery winds and winter sea spray. Also I am in the process of getting two new lights installed in front of the parish hall and rectory. The old lights were residential lights and did not handle the weather well, with one being blown down in one of the blizzards. I am going to have concrete footings installed about 6” off the ground. This should also prevent any damage from landscaping equipment. I am also hoping to remove the flagpole and bury it deeper in the ground with a concrete mix rather than the hardened Styrofoam in which the pole now sits. Unfortunately the pole has swayed a great deal and we have not been able to use it thus far this summer, but this fix will take care of the situation for good.

I will be attending Miramar’s annual fundraiser, “Some Enchanted Evening” after this weekend’s Vigil Mass. This is always a lovely night in which a great dinner is served and I get to see many old friends. We are so fortunate and blessed to have the support of the SVD Father’s and Miramar Community, especially in the person of Father Joe Connolly SVD. Fr. Joe was recently hospitalized, albeit briefly, for pneumonia, but it’s tough to keep a good man down, and so I look forward to dining with him Saturday evening.

We have our own fundraiser coming up. On Saturday evening August 19th, we will be holding a SEASIDE GALA at the Daniel Webster Estate. The night will include raffles, a silent and live auction, and the tickets are $50.00 and can be purchased online or after one of the Masses this weekend. We have some great items such as: a 4 pack of tickets to a NASCAR race in Loudon, NH along with a VIP tour and an opportunity for each of those folks to get in one of the race cars and see what it is like to go around the course at excessive speeds; an African Safari for 4; several vacation homes in Florida; Boston Sports tickets; an oil painting of Tom Brady, and many other items. I hope to start putting some of these items on our website. The night will include auctions, raffles, entertainment (an Irish Band), drinks and appetizers. We will have seating under a large tent and folks will be able to tour the house. Please purchase tickets this weekend and make sure to bring friends & family for this very fun night to support the our mission work.