Thanks be to God! We have had so many beautiful days with brilliant colors that it is hard not to give thanks. What a wondrous artist our God is! November 1st marks the Feast of All Saints.
Because this feast day falls on a Saturday, we are not obligated to attend Mass. However, it truly is a day for praising God for God’s many saints. These are the countless women and men who have led lives patterned after Jesus. They engaged the world with their compassion and love for their sisters and brothers; they deepened their love for God in their daily prayer; they took up their crosses that life brought them and asked Jesus to unite them to his own suffering; and they recognized their own need for the ongoing mercy and forgiveness of God that Jesus brings to the world. In other words to be a saint is to let God work in our lives each day in such a way that God’s love can be experienced more profoundly. What they accomplished through the grace of God, we too can do with God’s
grace. Join us on Saturday, November 1st at 9:00 am to celebrate this great feast day.
Over a year and a half ago, members of the parish were invited to give their feedback on the strengths and challenges they saw for our parish. Out of that survey, three main goals were highlighted.
• The first challenged us to provide greater formation for the young folks of our parish through an enhanced youth ministry program. To that end, we have hired a director of youth ministry to assist us. As I stated then, Jake cannot do this by himself. I am grateful for the
adults who have stepped forward. However, as always more are needed. Perhaps God is calling you!
• Likewise, such a commitment involves financial resource as well. Please consider how you might financially assist our parish in this and the many other missions we undertake as a parish. What a sad indictment it would if our parish cannot support this important ministry. We do need your help.
• Finally, the parish Pastoral Council is starting to look at the second goal that was outlined: inviting all of us to be good stewards of the gifts we have been given. How might it look as a parish if we were a “stewardship” parish? If all us took this Gospel way of life seriously, we would need little or no tuition in our school and faith formation program; our ministries would be overflowing with stewards giving of their time and talent; our outreach to the wider community would assist many who are in need. Depending on the power of prayer and deep faith, we would be great evangelizers for Jesus and His Church.
A dream, you say! It need not be. Watch and pray as the Council leads us in taking steps to move us in this direction.
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC