Pastor's Column for Sunday, Dec 16th

Dear Friends,

Advent Penance Service and Individual Confession: Monday, December 17th, 7-8pm in church. Monsignor and I will both be available.  We also have our regular confession times: Saturdays, 8:30am until all are heard; and then 3-4pm before the Vigil Mass.

Introducing the Parish Life Initiative on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 11:45am-1:15pm in the school cafeteria. Last summer we participated in a survey for the All is Gift project.  From those surveys we learned that parishioners wanted to see more ‘town hall meetings’ where information could be presented en masse. This is a great idea and I’m happy to do it.

After discussion and discernment, though, a group of parishioners have come together and have collaborated to make these ‘town halls’, now called “Parish Life Initiatives”, not just information sharing, but also an opportunity to provide feedback and ideas about how to enrich and engage the life of the parish in all its facets. So, our Parish Life Initiative is not just about information sharing, but it’s also going to be a group effort to brainstorm and share how we can enrich our parish community.

So, what are we going to do on the 20th? Well, come and see! I’m inviting all parishioners: young, old, families, singles.  Anyone who has a vested interested in the life of the parish, our present and future- please come and be a part of the Parish Life Initiative. We all have something to contribute to the life of the parish because we are all essential, vibrant and vital members of the community. WE are SJA!!!

We’ll begin with donuts after the 10:30am Mass. After some fellowship, we’ll start and will conclude by 1:15pm.

-Our agenda will include:

1. A summary of the survey results

2. A vision statement by the pastor

3. A brief presentation of our financial position

4. Break out groups to share ideas on enriching our apostolic and community life

5. An opportunity to ask questions of the pastor/parish leadership

Please come with ideas and a willingness to share!

I’ll look forward to seeing you on January 20th at our Parish Life Initiative.