Merry Christmas in July! Five months until the Celebration of Jesus’s Birth. But more immediately, the First Sunday of Advent is November 28th. And believe it or not, we’re already starting to plan for Advent.
Mary Burke, our Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation, has been working for weeks to prepare for Advent by organizing a few events to encourage us to grow Closer to Christ by deepening our Faith and Interior Life. We’ll hear more about those things in the coming weeks, but for now, can I just encourage us to save a few dates: Sept 8, Oct 13, Nov 10, and Dec 8. Save these dates, in the evening. We’ve got something special planned!
Here’s something we’re working on. The process of changing pastors is a great time to take a step back, look at the big picture and look at where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going. Coming out of COVID protocols and slowly returning back to ‘normal’ is both helping and hampering these efforts. Having hired a new Coordinator of Adult Formation and a new Director of Faith Formation for our young people is a HUGE help. There is a natural environment conducive to this sort of discernment. This is also a good time to look at our infrastructure, discern, and then prioritize things like buildings, property and strategic planning.
Some of these efforts are already underway. Sue O’Leary, our Business Manager and I, along with some parishioners who have skills in these areas are already talking and meeting about these things. I’ll keep you posted as things develop in this area.
Likewise, as I mentioned, Mary Burke and Alyson Radford are already at work developing plans for Faith Formation programs and events that will aid us in deepening our Devotional Life, Prayer Life, Outreach to the Needy, and cultivating our Discipleship and Membership in the Church.
There’s a lot going on as we head into the last days of summer break and prepare to get back to school and a rhythm of parish life. The Spirit is drawing us out of our COVID bunkers and inviting us back to drink deeply from the Living Giving Water of the Eucharist. Join us around the Altar to give Thanks, Praise and to Receive!
Know that you are loved dearly and prayed for daily.