“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses… to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Mt. 28:19-20
Preparing for this weekend’s liturgy, I was reminded of our mission statement here at St. Rose and St. Mary’s. Do you know what it is? Its on the cover of the bulletin every week… Its on the homepage of our website…
OK… I’ll tell you. Our mission statement reads, We are an inviting faith-filled Catholic community made up of two unique parishes devoted to a life-long learning and discipleship through prayer, service and sharing. Its a little long, so on my business cards it is shortened to, Making lifelong disciples. That is why we exist as a faith community. Our task, given by the Lord, is to make disciples by witnessing to his love (Acts 1:8), baptizing (Mt. 28: 19), and teaching (Mt. 28:20).
Everything we do as a community, in some way, involves forming disciples or disciples living out their discipleship. Our budget flows from this mission. Our calendar reflects this mission. Our support of the school reflects this mission. Our religious education programs flow from this mission. Even our annual parish mission is a reflection of this mission.
As we celebrate the feast of the Ascension, let’s deepen our commitment to the mission the Lord has given us.
May the Lord continue to bless us abundantly as we strive to fulfill the mission he has given us.
Dcn. Lincoln A. Wood