Fr. Ron Weyrens
In the Star Trek series, the Next Generation, Jean-Luc Picard, the captain of the starship Enterprise, would give the command “engage” to send the crew to its next adventure. “Engage”, at noon, June 30, One In Christ
Area Catholic Community began its journey.
A ship is one of the images for the Church. Jesus is with us as we navigate the calm waters and especially in the turbulent waters, offering us his reassuring love and protection. Perhaps we can imagine a spaceship as an image for the Church, as we face challenges in what seems like warp speed.
As your pastors, Fr. Tom, Fr. Doug, and I join you in this exciting new venture. While our rotating of weekend Masses provides variety for all involved, it will be a challenge for us to get to know you. On behalf of
Fr. Tom and Fr. Doug, I thank you for your warm reception. Consider having fun making a name tag to wear at parish functions.
Our ACC Planning Council has been developing strategies for: Stewardship, RCIA and Evangelization, Young Adults, and Worship. Currently the council is looking for parishioners to help carry out the vision. If interested in
any of the above areas, please contact your parish office.
Today begins the first edition of our joint bulletin. The bulletin will capture event highlights in our ACC. Over the weeks various voices will write in this column, giving a perspective of ministry and/or life. Take the time to visit our website for more news from the parishes. Contact parish offices to make sure you are on the list for emails and texts. Also check out Facebook pages. And yes, there will also be phone calls, so make sure we have your phone number!
While we venture together in new directions, we are also challenged to uphold or to reimagine the traditions of each parish. Being in uncharted space hiccups will happen. All questions and answers are not known. Patience and understanding will help us greatly as we develop this new vision of pastoral ministry.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, guide us; Mary, mother of God, pray for us; St. Francis Xavier, pray for us; St. Stephen, pray for us. Come Holy Spirit inspire our ACC!