Dear Parish Family,
We have been twinning with our sister parish in Haiti, St. Gerard’s for 14 years now and it has been sometime since we have been there to visit. It has also been some time since Fr. Tilus has had an opportunity to visit us. There is a Haitian proverb that translates “What the eye doesn’t see, doesn’t move the heart.” Some of you have shown interest in visiting St. Gerard’s and the four chapels that we have been supporting and so I am inviting anyone who would like to visit our twin to let me know now as I nail down arrangements for a pastoral visit to Haiti.
Our journey will take place Monday February 20th and we will return Sunday February 26th 2017. Fr. Tilus is ready to welcome us during that time. We will not only visit St. Gerard and its chapels but also visit the city of Les Cayes and have an opportunity for a third world immersion experience. I am trying to keep the cost down as much as I can, but air fares and ground transport all depend on the price of fuel. Right now I am expecting our trip to cost around $1,200.00 US. Right now four of us are going, we have space for eight. If you are interested in making this journey, please let me know no later than September 18th.
The Pastoral Planning Team is in the process of calling forth new leadership for our four parish ministries. I am hoping that if you are approached to fill a leadership position you will see what a great opportunity it is to use your gifts to enhance parish life here at Sacred Heart. Our transition will be over the next year as new ministry leaders take a seat at the table where decisions are made. If you feel called to serve, please let your intentions be known as we continue to work as partners in ministry in our parish.
As we call forth God’s blessings on all those returning to school campuses this fall, we all experience the sadness of saying goodbye to another summer. Even many of us who do not attend school have a lump in our throats and a knot in our stomachs as we see summer coming to an end. A blessed school year to all!