Dear one and all,
It is about time that I do one of these reflections lest you think I am an absentee pastor. I had a lovely eight days of pure rest in which I was very lazy. I guess it was what I needed, though I fear I could become a “couch potato” more easily than I would like. Already, July has come to an end, so I hope all of you have gotten or will get an opportunity for some real rest and relaxation.
Our Pastoral Council, with its new and former members, spent a good portion of time this weekend reflecting upon the state of our parish. The four members that continue on the Pastoral Council are Paul Jiron, Bill Jelenik, Marty Cahill and Evelyn Andazola; the three new members are Marlene Langfield, Chip Creager, and Maria Fernandez. We spent time reflecting on what has transpired over the past few years as well as looking forward to challenges that still face us. We reviewed our Parish Mission Statement and gave ourselves direction for this year. I will share more in detail next week. Meanwhile feel free to approach any of the Pastoral Council members about any concerns or hopes you have for the parish. And, of course, keep us all in prayer.
Several members of our parish are celebrating weddings this summer. It has been a joy to work with these lovely couples, experience their faith, and be impressed with their deep desire to build their marriages on a very solid foundation. They have been a deep source of inspiration to both fr. Wes and myself. We all know that marriage is never easy, but it is especially difficult in our culture. Please keep all of them in your prayer as well. The Sacrament of Matrimony means that a couple’s love for one another reflects the love of God for His people, the love of Christ for His Church. Do married couples reflect on that sufficiently?
God bless you all,