Dear Parish Family,
Recently at St. Matthew Parish and last spring at St. Bernard Parish, we gathered for an appreciation dinner. The evenings were designed for the clergy and staff to thank all the volunteers who keep our parishes vibrant, faith centered and focused on Christ. When I looked out at our gatherings I was very moved and humbled by the number of people present and the sacrifices they make for their parishes and their God. It brings me great joy to see our family sharing a delicious meal, having lively conversations and hearing the occasional peal of laughter. That’s what families do. I know that we are greatly blessed, and I thank God each day in prayer for allowing me to be part of your faith journey. Whether you are involved in a ministry or you support us by your presence at Mass – I am grateful for your generosity and fidelity.
I have to admit, however, that being a pastor at this time in history can be very challenging. My greatest concern is for those who may wander away from our communities due to the current situation in our Church. As a family, we need to look out for each other and help those who are struggling with their faith. So often, when we need God the most is when we turn away from Him. Your witness and love of God, however, can be the life line for that someone who is struggling. God’s Grace works through each of us.
Thank you again for all you do for me and our parishes. Have a wonderful October.