In the Presentation of the Lord this Sunday we hear Luke’s great heralds Simeon and Anna proclaiming hope and joy born of patience. In their spirit, I offer a brief update on some key issues and projects here at the parish. I welcome constructive feedback!
First, a thank you to all who were able to participate in the evening of candlelight reflection and prayer in the Mission church last Thursday – well prepared, great turn out. We owe thanks to our Mission staff for activating our vision of being a sacred gathering place for the city.
Secondly, as stated in our CST column in this week’s bulletin, I have endorsed a pledge that reflects three guiding commitments in line with our Franciscan identity as a Mission and parish and with Pope Francis’s call to care for our sister, mother earth, who shapes our “common home”. If you would like to be part of a reading group on the topic during Lent, please call the parish office and let me know.
Next, at our meeting on January 19th, the pastoral council and I reviewed the parish plan, and our goals and accomplishments. In the areas of communication, family ministry, and volunteer recruitment there is work to be done. We noted that the Advent retreat this past December was a great success.
Finally, the parish is now on a stronger financial footing than at any other time in the recent past. The generosity of the parish community has been outstanding. Please continue your support and if you haven’t done so, please consider on-line giving, which brings added benefits of consistency and ease of reporting.
And so, in all the ways outlined above, like Anna and Simeon, I perceive the healing and light that our God is preparing “in the sight of all the people.”
Fr. Dan ofm