Laborers For The Vineyard

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

     I trust everyone had a good holiday, that you had plenty of turkey and a nice nap. Even though they now claim there isn't enough tryptophan in turkey to make you drowsy, I still think the "Thanksgiving nap" is a tradition worth keeping. And for those who prefer the sport of shopping over football, I hope you came out of it unscathed.

In the next few weeks we will be electing a few new Parish Council members. This year is also our 150th anniversary, and so, our Council will have a roll to play in helping to plan and execute those celebrations. We also face a major financial challenge, in which both the Parish Council and Finance Commission will play vital rolls. I think another major task for the council will be evangelization, both of the people sitting in the pew and of new members. It seems to me that there is a spirit of weariness that has overcome some of us and we need a fresh dose of the Spirit and some new energy, so it would be good to see some new people with some new ideas on the Council. We are also planning a parish retreat and revival for the coming year as well.

So lots of exciting things to look forward to. There will be a lot of activities and therefore a lot of volunteers needed. If you are one of the members who still does not have a ministry I pray that you will consider joining one. We truly need everyone's help. If you are not sure where you are needed or where you would best fit in, just give me a call or shoot me an email and we will find a place for you. The harvest is rich and vast, but laborers are often few, so pray to the Harvest Master to send laborers into the vineyard.

God bless,

Fr. Rick