As we become familiar with one another as members of a common Area Catholic Community (ACC,) we step forward in faith to many unknowns which at times can cause concern or anxiety. Some may be thinking I just want our parish to remain our parish and not to get lost in some mega church. Change can be challenging and uncomfortable. It can also be exciting and life-giving. The fact is, life is a series of changes from hour to hour, day to day, decade to decade. We have learned through life experience that change is inevitable. You might say: change is simply a fact of life.
Our beloved Catholic Church experiences change in the same way that we as individuals and families do: we learn, we grow, we grieve losses, we celebrate new life, new relationships and we look back on good times while looking forward with hope for our future. Our Church is alive! We, as the Body of Christ are alive and every living thing changes, if it does not, it has no life. Our challenge is to be open to what change can bring. We can do so when we place our trust in God and when we as people of shared faith in Jesus Christ recall the promise of Jesus that he will be with us always. As our parishes change and grow, we can look forward with joy while holding wonderful memories of the past in our hearts. Let us be open to what God might have in store for us and let us work together in building the Kingdom of God here in our One in Christ Area Catholic Community! For those of you I have not met, just a few words of introduction. I work at St. Francis Xavier in Sartell, this being my eighth year serving as Pastoral Associate and prior to that 18+ years with the Five Parishes in the Holdingford area. My husband Joe and I recently celebrated our 49th wedding anniversary. We have five married children and are blessed with 11 grandchildren, most of whom are teens and above. Where did all the time go?
I feel blessed to have the opportunity to walk with parishioners through all of life’s events and I especially enjoy presenting the Catholic faith, its teaching and Tradition. I understand the work I do as God’s plan for my life. I could never have imagined being a Pastoral Associate when I was a stay at home Mom raising five children. I entered St. John’s University School of Theology in 2001, graduating in 2005 with an MA in Pastoral Ministry. I believe God called me to this work and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to serve the People of God. I look forward to coming to know the people of all four of our parishes as we gather to worship, to learn and to serve one another and the world.
Have a blessed week,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC