Fall 2019 Message
Dear Parishioners of St. Edwin, It is October and we are already winterizing our water pipes with the early cool weather. Our parish festivals continue to improve and our October 12 celebration was no exception. The Confirmation students outdid themselves again, managing our tented food service area and watching the two bounce-house jumpers. A new permanent bbq was added to our bbq patio. We enjoyed the first use of our twenty-four banquet tables provided through a grant from the Catholic Foundation. With much labor we hoisted up shade cloth over 40’ x 60’ of our outdoor patio; people stayed around because of it. A family set up a beautiful photo backdrop to take pictures. It will probably become a regular part of St. Edwin’s festivals.  Again we obtained a county permit, served USDA lamb, and were entertained by our folklore dance troupe. A rough estimate reports we served just short of 300 meals. We have been refining our religious education program. The emphasis is threefold: Sunday Mass, weekly class, and service at our two festivals. The parents and children have been responding well. A “parochial enrichment” component which includes singing, folk-dancing, cooking, or exploring the St. Edwin Park & Ranch has been added. Shifts in our religious education program and personnel have allowed us to begin a children’s choir and parish Marian group akin to the Legion of Mary. We are excited for this new growth and attention to our Blessed Mother. We are exploring various possible improvements and repairs within the church building itself and hope to begin shortly. On another front, parishioners have finished welding sturdy frames for each of the Stations of the Cross to be placed along the meadow outside the church. We are gathering materials to construct the path, one which should be completed before Lent of 2020. We look forward to walking the Via Crucis  there. This year was a rough one for the bees and we hardly got any honey. Many factors are at play: competing hives, lack of flowers, weed killer poisons, and general world-wide bee malaise. This stands in contrast to our diligent beekeepers whose dedication makes us proud. We are primed to plant an abundant supply of wildflowers next year and hope for a better harvest. In September we took a first cut from our newly seeded alfalfa field and reaped sixty-seven bales. A last quick cut was made before the winter which yielded us a final twenty. The future looks bright in that corner of the property. Lola, one of our Navajo Churro sheep, gave birth early to a ewe-lamb in September. We call the little one “Lolita” after her mother. You can see them as well as the two newly acquired adult ewes under our link, “Animals < Lambs and more Lambs.”  A towering, aggressive, odorous male goat (Sp. macho cabra, a buck-goat), himself a living definition of the word machismo, visited our comparatively gentle doe-goats in October, so we might have some kids in February of the new year. Fr. Peter