God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things,
always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work.
~ II Corinthians 9:8
The past 2020-21 year has been described in many ways. Yet I’ve been pondering how the year served as a sort of rest, a fallow year, a deep breath, a pastoral pause. This does not mean you and I have not been working and had challenges. Yet for obvious reasons, the life of the parish was necessarily scaled back and subdued. Essential ministries continued: Mass, school, CFF, but many other offerings were curtailed or canceled. Parishioners have had to reassess, relearn and pray about the place of Jesus Christ and the Church in our own particular lives. Sadly, some have abandoned the Faith or at least its lived practice. Others, the majority, did return and with a greater appreciation. You can see that our parish has continued to celebrate Sacraments, remained financial strong, and continues to engage people with the Faith and service. That is the heart of the Good News!
Yet, this time also calls us to reflect and reconsider who we are as a Parish and where we go next. Are we truly bearing the fruit – the Good Fruit – Jesus Christ seeks? Are we every day more fervent disciples? Are we more in love with the Lord? To what extent do we know, love, and serve God and neighbor? God’s Grace is abundant – always! And that abundance is to be utilized for God’s Good Work through you and me. The Parish Council has begun discussion and discernment about our parish Mission and Goals. We are prayerfully evaluating the Divine Abundance bestowed on Holy Family. We are listening for the Spirit to lead us forward into the Good Work the Lord desires in our lives and in the parish for His Kingdom. We trust they are there. I would invite you to join us in that prayer, and even more, to share your thoughts and ideas with us.
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