January 4, 2018
Dear members of the Parish Council
And partners in ministry.
At the beginning of the new year, I am calling you for an “assembly” of reflection and planning for the spiritual journey of our parish, which is planned for Monday, January 22, 2018 at 7:30pm in Zanon Hall.
As we are happy and confortable with the success achieved in the past, we need to update our goals for the future spiritual welfare of all the members of our parish community.
It will be a WORKING gathering, because we are all “partners” in faith and ministry. So I am asking EACH ONE of you, involved in a ministry, to bring to the meeting:
1 – A brief written description of your activity.
2 – A SCHEDULE of activities for the 2018.
3 – A proposed OUTREACH to those inside the parish and especially those outside, who are not church goers.
I really want to insist on aiming our pastoral concern toward those who do not come to church. In our parish (among the Baptized) we only have 20% coming to church. Jesus wants to reach out and save even those outside this flock. For example, many children and youth of our families; many separated and divorced members of our households; many young families who have just been married in church, but then have been lost; many immigrants who still do not feel welcome among us.
While we are so lucky and fortunate to have so many faithful people coming to our liturgies, the greatest amount of people are still outside of our church. HOW DO WE REACH OUT TO THEM? Bring your ideas and your plan for the new year.