Dear Parish Family,
I attended my first Pastoral Planning Team meeting Monday night (July 25th) since the March meeting due to my Sabbatical. What a wonderful leadership team we have as a parish. There was respectful listening one to another as concern for inactive families was brought to the table. The listening was not only respectful; there was genuine concern on behalf of all to respond with thoughtful, reflective encouragement toward solutions and desire on the part of all to be a part of the solution and not stare at the problem nor be overwhelmed, nor discouraged by it. I got a sense that we were all in this together and wanted to work this out and help our parish grow as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
I read the minutes from the meetings while I was away, and the PPT continued to work together to lead our parish in healthy directions and raise issues that would assist us in continuing to listen to God’s will and be led by the power of the Holy Spirit. How lucky we are to have such faithful people who care about the future of our parish!
In the months ahead we will be inviting new leaders to “sit at the table where decisions are made.” I invite you to consider taking a leadership role in our parish, and also to approach others you know who love our Catholic faith and parish and encourage them to consider serving in this leadership capacity. Let’s together pray that the Holy Spirit will assist us in choosing good, faithful and wise leadership for our Pastoral Planning Team and our four Parish Ministries: Message Shapers, Operations, Mission and Outreach, and Weekend Experience.
Next week I will be attending the annual Voluntas Dei Congress in Paoli, PA. at Daylesford Abbey. On Saturday morning August 6th Alexis Ibarra will be ordained a Deacon for our Voluntas Dei community. This is a wonderful celebration for us all as he finishes up his last year of studies moving on to priesthood. I will not be present for the 4:00 P.M. Mass that Saturday and have made arrangements for one of the priests from Fatima Shrine to join you in prayer. (Msgr. Doran was not available.) However, I will be back in time for Sunday Mass on August 7th. In the meantime, please pray for us as we gather.