From the desk of Fr Stephen Jan 3, 2021

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, the Wisemen seeking the Lord.  The tradition is that they traveled hundreds of miles, following the STAR in the sky.  Recently, we saw something in the sky that had not been seen in 800 years.  Jupiter and Saturn were aligned in a very special way.  Fr. Rodney and I went out past Hwy 270 on the 21st to get away from the city lights, and we think we saw the STAR in the sky.  It was just along the horizon and was much brighter than any other star.  It was very special to see.

With the New Year upon us, we all want to put 2020 behind us and start anew.  I have been thinking about what it will be like to be back as a family again.  I am not just talking about Sunday mass, but getting together as families do for special occasions.  I thought about what it will be like to have fun at the picnic this summer.  We can all hope this will happen, but only with the Grace of God with us.

I think about some of the other things we were in the habit of doing during the week.  Before COVID, some of us were taking time to feed the neighborhood on Saturday mornings, and we called that Grill to Glory.  I am hoping we might be able to do this again whenever we can get back together.  At times, I see some of the men we used to serve, and they always ask if we are going to do Grill to Glory again.  The parishioners we had a year ago were very dedicated, and I am very proud of them for the service they offered.  However, we need some younger people to step up and help us with this—what a way to serve the Lord each Saturday.  God will be so proud of our young people.

I also was thinking about the age of our crowd here at the Rock.  Everyone can see we are aging.  I need some of our young people to continue reaching out to other young people and bring them to the church.  I know many do not feel the need for a formal church anymore, and I am not sure where this all comes from, but I ask our young people to reconsider.  I would still like to create a space in the lower Parish Hall for young people to have fun.  As well as this, I would like to open the gym at designated times for the neighborhood.  Again, we would need some people to step up and help us to bring about this dream.

The COVID pandemic will not last forever, Praise God. I am looking forward to the day when we will be able to meet again and have fun.  I hope you are too.  With God's help, we will continue to carry out His mission on the corner of Cook and Grand.