Sunday, February 18, 2018
Feb 15, 2018
First, I thank everyone who participated in the Input Sessions that were held over the last several weeks. The Communication Committee is now hard at work sifting through all the input they received as they begin to develop a long-term plan for our parish as we look to the future. I have read some of the input, not all, and without getting in specific issues the one thing that strikes me is the overall love and concern parishioners have for their parish. Again, without getting into specific issues, it is obvious that there is a deep desire to bring people back to the Church which is an issue all parishes and the universal Church is attempting to address. Please keep our Communication Committee in your prayers as they go about their challenging work over the next couple months. Once a long-term plan is drafted there will be a town meeting to review the plan with the entire parish. Again, thank you for your participation in this process.
I also want to thank those of you who have responded to my letter date February 5th addressing our financial situation. The letter did not include a commitment card, I trust you will respond as generously as you can so our parish remains financially stable both in the areas of our operations and in caring for our beautiful parish campus. I am often asked, by other parish leaders, if we are financially stable as a parish. My normal response is: Yes, we are financially stable, the parishioners are very supportive of our parish, but we do operate with a minimal amount in savings. Would it be nice to have a larger amount in savings? Yes, it would be especially if we had a financial emergency, but I trust the parishioners would respond quickly if we had a financial emergency.
Finally, for the past few weeks you have seen in the Bulletin a plea for people to step forward to be Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors. Please step forward if you want to serve in these positions of ministry and you believe you are being called to serve the parish in one or both of these ministries. Thank you!
Have a great and blessed Lent!
Please continue to pray for peace in our world!