From Card Party to the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy

Nov 18, 2015

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Well it was another successful year for our Card Party, despite having a few empty tables in the gym. I believe our Ad Book went above our goal. I want to thank everyone who rose to my challenge and either bought or sold at least one ad. Now that we all see how easy it is, we can do even greater next year. We are looking into doing at least part of the Ad Book in color next year and include some memorable moments along with the ads. Of course, I want to thank everyone else who contributed to our Card Party, whether you sold an ad or tickets, or donated a prize or raffle item, whether you worked in the kitchen or on the floor, or helped to set-up or clean-up, or if you just came and had a good time, on behalf of the entire parish I want to thank each and everyone of you.

As we come to the end of another liturgical year, our attention is focused on the Advent of our God. The gift of a Son. The coming of our King. The birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ The Lord. This is a wonderful time of year. We are given four weeks in which to contemplate what this all means and to prepare ourselves for the Incarnation of our God.

One way we will be doing this is by finishing up the Parish Viability Study. In the coming weeks you will be hearing more about the particulars of this parish-survey. You will also be asked to give your own opinion on at least some of the questions. We have divided them up into different areas, such as, finance and liturgy. And we have had smaller groups give their opinion on how we rate as a parish, and how well we are responding to the challenges of the Second Vatican Council. The ultimate goal of this survey is for each of us to know and understand what those challenges are and how we can more fully respond to them as a faith community and be the best parish we can be.

We will also be beginning the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. A time for each of us to fully experience the mercy that our God offers us. Mercy and redemption are central in the charism of St. Alphonsus. And the very reason for the Incarnation. This will be a time for each of us to be called to a deeper conversion, and for the doors of The Church to be opened wide for all to return.

In the Redeemer,

Fr. RickĀ