“Remember not the things of the past, the things of long ago consider not; see, I am doing something new! … In the desert I will make a way, in the wastelands – rivers.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)
By now you have received the mailing about our Parish Vitality Initiative. If you haven’t received a survey yet, stop by the parish office and pick one up. I hope you have taken some time to reflect on the blessings you have received from our wonderful community and to look to the future with hope. I look forward to reading your stories and images of blessing and hope as your survey’s come in.
I also hope you took 10 minutes to reflect on the various areas of ministry in our community and rank our parish as to how we are ministering to one another as disciples. This data will help us to shape our ministry into the future. Mark your calendar for the Parish Vitality gathering on Saturday, September 25 following the 4pm liturgy at St. Rose or Sunday, September 26 following the 10:30am liturgy at St. Mary’s.
Several very practical and more immediate things have also been happening in the midst of ministry. The staff’s offices have been moved from the rectory to 140 Auto Street in the parish school/ministry center. The hours have changed as well. The office in Clintonville (140 Auto) will be open from 7:30am-3:30pm on weekdays. In Bear Creek, the St. Mary’s Parish Center offices will be open from 9am-1pm on Wednesdays (hopefully these hours can expand to 9am-4pm in the near future if we can find the right volunteers).
In the midst of all this change, I keep being reminded of Cardinal Newman’s saying: “To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.” The Spirit is moving in our midst. Let’s respond together!