Closer to Christ by loving and serving as Missionary Disciples

That is our mission at Mary Queen of Peace Parish, modeled after the mission that Jesus gave to his disciples after the Resurrection: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” I hope that each of us, in his or her own way, takes up this challenge to grow closer to Christ and to be the presence of Christ in our world. How are you living this mission?

Earlier this year, the Pastor’s Leadership Team and I discerned that some new parish staff roles were necessary if we were to grow as a parish in our role as Missionary Disciples. Though the needs of our parish are great and our resources are tight, through prayer and discussion we made the bold choice to hire two new staff members for our parish: a Director of Faith Formation and a Communications Coordinator. I’m happy that both positions have been filled and that our new staff members will begin their ministry with us this summer.

As I previously announced, Melissa Hunter is our new Director of Faith Formation. Most recently, Melissa was the Director of Youth Evangelization at Assumption Parish in South County. Here at MQP, she will be responsible for directing our Parish School of Religion program and revitalizing our Adult Faith Formation program. Formation in the faith is a lifelong process, yet we often think it is just for our children. We will never cease forming our children and young people in the faith, but we adults must also grow in the faith as well. We have some good things for adults already in place – the ACTS retreat has been transformational for so many, MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and the Young Families group do so much for our young parents – but there is still so much that we can offer our adults, like bible study, reflection groups, programs and speakers. I know that Melissa brings a great passion for the faith and love for the Church and she will help each of us – young and older – to become closer to Christ. Please welcome and support Melissa!

I am pleased to announce that Anne Steffens will be joining our MQP Parish family as our Communications Coordinator. Anne is an Emmy Award winning news reporter who has previously served as the Director of Communications for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. She runs her own consulting firm, Steffens Communications, and works with many dioceses and parishes. Now she will devote her work full time to managing and improving our communications at MQP. In this role, Anne will be responsible for the Sunday bulletin, website, Flocknote, and all other communication coming from the parish. She will also be responsible for coordinating with our parish school, PSR, Youth Ministry, and parish ministries and organizations so that everyone knows and lives our mission and values; all our parish ministries and organizations must work together to promote our mission. I’ve also charged Anne with managing the message that our parish sends to our community, that is, I want MQP to truly be a parish of Missionary Disciples, proclaiming the Gospel by our words and deeds and inviting others to enter into a real, personal, loving relationship with Jesus Christ.  Please welcome and support Anne!

With Melissa and Anne on board, working with our excellent and talented staff already in place, I am confident that we will truly be Closer to Christ by loving and serving as Missionary Disciples. Please join me in praying for Melissa, Anne, our parish staff, and our parish family, that we will continue to grow into being an Amazing Parish!

Fr. John Vien