It has been quite a while since I have written a “Log” for the bulletin or posted to my blog “Exploring the Kingdom ( http://etk-essays.blogspot.com/). The bulletin has been pretty full and we wanted to publish many of Sr. Anne Rehraur’s columns on the new translation of the Roman Missal.
Lots of good things are going on in our community and there are lots of important questions facing us as we welcome the new translation. So, where are we headed?
Bishop Ricken’s recent Pastoral Letter “Parishes: Called to be Holy, Fully Engaged, Fully Alive” is providing a foundational structure for our pastoral planning. This year, both the staff and the Pastoral Councils will be reading through this document as we plan for the future. If you would like a copy of if for yourself, you can find one in the back of church. The Bishop’s document has 6 focus areas and we have been asked to take one or two of these areas each year to focus on and work on developing our ministry in that area. The areas are:
Youth, young adults, and family
Dignity of Human Life
These focus areas will help set the agenda for the next 5-7 years. This year, in light of the new translation, we are engaging in the area of “Sunday Eucharist and Sacramental Life” as a pastoral focus area. Bishop Ricken has asked us to begin making plans to have kneelers put into the worship space at St. Rose. We have begun that process. Another issue we discussed at our annual meeting was the placement of the tabernacle at St. Rose. We are having Sr. Anne come out after the first of the year to discuss this with us. St. Mary’s is continuing to discuss how to best take care of our sanctuary and stained glass windows. As we also look beyond issues of brick and mortar, in what other ways can we make Sunday the “highlight of our week” as Bishop Ricken recommends? How can we better become parishes that are “Holy, Fully Engaged, and Fully Alive”? This is our task. How are we doing?