Can it be the end of June already?! Many of you may remember that my work here at St. Francis Xavier is an 11-month agreement so I am off for the month of July. I cannot lie. I am looking forward to spending some days of leisure with very little on my daily calendar.
This marks the completion of my fifth year as Pastoral Associate and I appreciate this opportunity to thank all members of this faith community who have welcomed me, supported me and stepped forward to share in ministry to the people of our parish. St. Francis Xavier is an exceptional community of believers who are committed to sharing their gifts for the purpose of building up the Kingdom of God right here in our midst.
What I see as the hallmarks of this community are hospitality, great liturgical celebrations, the importance of family, great care and concern for one another and a reaching out beyond this community to share our gifts with those in need. As we gather for Mass it is evident by the participation of the people how happy and proud they are to be members of this parish. And well we should be! Visitors, whether joining us to celebrate sacraments or attending funerals of our beloved members, often comment on the beautiful spirit that can be felt in this community; in the way we pray and in the way we care for each other. Let us pray that helps to bring them closer to Jesus.
This is indeed a vibrant faith community, committed to both living and teaching our shared faith in Jesus Christ as a parish within our Faith Formation programs and our Catholic school. I am so impressed with the participation of families and our young people whenever they are presented an opportunity to be of service to others. We are gifted and I believe we are all grateful.
I have heard from many parishioners that one of the greatest gifts in our parish can be found in the leadership and in the person of Fr. Tim. I am proud to work with him in serving this community and I so appreciate the gift he is to St. Francis Xavier, to our diocese and to the Catholic Church. He models wonderfully his role as shepherd of this community and lives beautifully his chosen vocation. I will eagerly return in August and I look forward to working with our new staff members. I will remember you in prayer asking God to bless you this summer season with time for rest and relaxation, fun in the sun and the water, and safety in all your travels.
Thank you Lord Jesus for the blessings we all enjoy here at St. Francis Xavier and beyond.
Peace and joy,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC