Herald Journal Columns
March 13, 2006, Herald Journal
Pastor's Column

Building for the future

By Father Paul Wolf, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Winsted

Holy Trinity Parish and School are building for the future. It has come to pass; we have begun moving dirt for the new elementary school. It will house 11 classrooms, space for locker rooms, offices and storage space, with an eye for future expansions.

As always, this would not be possible without the dedicated benefactors to the parish and school in their responsive stewardship of time, talent, and treasure.

As we move ahead, it is good to see where we have been. I have been at Holy Trinity for eight years and have seen many changes that have come about with the help and aid of the community.

Holy Trinity is a community of just under 3,000 people; it takes in the areas of Winsted, Howard Lake, Lester Prairie, New Germany, and other cities. In these eight years, we have purchased the festival grounds where Winstock and Higher Ground take place each year, and have made major improvements on the land, including a stage, electricity, and roads.

We have updated the church building with a remodeled social hall, furnaces and air-conditioning, lighting for the upstairs and downstairs, organ, and sound system. We have updated the school buildings with data and voice upgrades (from dial-up phones to an integrated intercom, voice paging, voice mail) and in the area of technology, we have grown from 10 computers to a network of 160 computers, improving both our programs and curriculum, as well.

The windows on the old section of the high school have been replaced, and reconstruction and upgrades have occurred in many of the rooms in both the high school and elementary buildings. We have taken down the convent, that had seen its use pass with the moving on of the many religious sisters that no longer are serving Holy Trinity.

We have done many things in these past few years, as our ancestors also have done in the past. We might ask, “Why do we continue to do all these things?”

The simplest answer that can be given is to hand on the faith of Jesus Christ and meet the needs of our community. These improvements have been accomplished due to our common goals and visions of building the Kingdom of God. We as a parish and school community have many things to be thankful for.

With all of that said, a number of issues still need to be addressed. The elementary building we are constructing is less of a building than we had hoped for, but it is what we can afford at this time.

We are seeing budget issues that need to be addressed, and we have experienced some debt over the past two years.

We have seen a decline in enrollment due to a number of factors, one of which is a declining school age population, as fewer families have more than two children, whereas we had much larger families a generation ago. We hope this trend will change as we anticipate development and growth in our communities.

It is with faith and hope that we embark on this project and pray that God will continue to bless our planning and work, that we might be faithful to His will. Again, we appreciate all the benefactors in their stewardship of time, talent and treasure, and ask for your continued prayers and support as we step out in faith to build for our future.

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