February 14, 2016

In last week’s column, I put out an “all call” for folks who are willing to help research our parish’s history in anticipation of our Centennial in 2017.  (We need you! Contact Jason Mottl at  815-436-7514 or straymondhistory@yahoo.com)

This prompted a delightful call from Jack Querio, Sr.  Jack is a proud member of the St. Raymond School class of 1942.  He doesn’t need to research St. Raymond history—he lived it! 

Jack was offering to share some of his memories of being a server for both founding pastor Fr. Scanlan and his successor, Msgr. Hoover.  No doubt, we’ll be meeting with Jack to learn more, but it was great to hear about Fr. Scanlan (“a very stern man but kind”), Msgr. Hoover and his war bonds and the original church (“The sanctuary was covered in a thick red carpet.  If you dragged your feet enough, you could make sparks.”)   Love hearing these stories!

Now let’s turn our attention to the liturgical celebrations for our  Centennial.  Certainly this is a very important piece of our planning.  It’s likely we’ll have opening and closing Masses for the celebration (perhaps tied to the December 8 date—the anniversary of the first Masses in both the original church in 1918 and the Cathedral in 1954).  We’ll also have our Homecoming Mass when we will invite all of the clergy and religious from the parish to come home to St. Raymond.

And we are considering planning “decades” Masses.  This idea came out of our brainstorming session in the fall.  The idea is to have one Mass a month that reflects a decade in our history.  It’ll give us an opportunity to share more about the liturgy as it has evolved here at St. Raymond.

I’m sure these liturgies will truly enrich our celebration since so much of our shared history is through worship.  

Now who is going to help Fr. Brad and the rest of us post-Vatican II folks with our Latin?  Deacon Ed Petak has graciously agreed to head up the Liturgy Committee for the Centennial.  If you are interested in serving in this special way, please contact Deacon Ed at 815-600-9327 or edbonp@yahoo.com.

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Last week, St. Raymond School invited Adam Kimble to come speak to the students about his upcoming plan to run from       Huntington Beach, CA to New York City.

Yes, you read that correctly.  Starting tomorrow, Adam plans to run 3,030 across the United States with the goal of beating a 36-year-old Guinness Record of 46 days, 8 hours and 36 minutes.

So, if you do the math, it works out to about 68 mile each day.  Every day.   For six weeks.

Adam’s 90-minute talk to the kids was certainly about the run—he answered a million questions—but what he really wants to do is inspire.  On his website under a tab marked “Why” (Really, you have to ask.) Adam answers the “why” question in this way:

“To inspire…people all over the world to pursue their passions and trust in the call given to them, accomplishing things they never thought they could do.  Anything is possible with faith and hard work.”

That message is why Adam was such a good person to talk to our students. Sure his plan has been called “insane”—that’s Outdoor Magazine’s word, not mine.   But he’s pursuing his passion,     trusting his call, and accomplishing things he never thought he could do.  All with faith and hard work.

Be sure to follow Adam’s progress along with our school students.  His website is adamkimble.com, and he’s on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well. 

Have a great week, wherever your feet take you!

Eileen Hooks Gutierrez
Director of Development  
815-722-6653, ext. 242



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