What Will Our Parish Be Like 50 Years From Now?

What a wonderful thing it would be to have a crystal ball that we could foresee the future. I often think about what our parish will be like 50 years from now! What will it look like? What will the next generation of parishioners be doing to carry on our Catholic faith? Although, I do not have a crystal ball, I did receive many answers to this question about our church’s future at Confirmation rehearsal on Monday evening.

I truly believe that our future looks bright and full of promise. The young people of this year’s Confirmation class are an outstanding group. They have faced many unforeseen obstacles this year and still have kept the faith and enthusiasm.

We have a great responsibility as stewards of Christ’s Church to do everything we can to encourage young people to stay engaged in the life of their parish. May we be the first to recognize their accomplishments and be the first to help them in their time of need. We are so blessed to have such great young men, women and families who love Jesus and their parish.

Love,

Deacon John

 

“Be Content”

Dear Friends,

In the very first conference of a retreat I made last week, the director challenged us to consider a question the disciples put before Jesus. “Rabbi, where do you live?” (John 1:38) As the director unpacked the meaning of this question, it became obvious that the disciples were not looking for an address. Rather they were pondering something much deeper, namely, “Jesus, what lives in you that makes you so different? What makes you, You?” Perhaps this poem can provide a few thoughts.

 

 

Be Content

Fame or integrity: which is more important?

Money or happiness: which is more valuable?

Success or failure; which is more destructive?

 

If you look to others for fulfillment,

You will never truly be fulfilled,

If your happiness depends on money,

You will never be happy with yourself.

 

Be content with what you have.

Rejoice in the way things are.

When you realize there is nothing lacking,

The whole world belongs to you.

—Tao Te Ching 44

 

May living as a good steward bring you contentment.

Love and Prayers,

Sister Bernadine Janci, SND

 

“I don’t know.”

Over the past several months, one of the most frequent answers that I have received as I asked a question in a casual conversation was, “I don’t know.”  Here are a few examples, “When do you think you will get back to work?”… “I don’t know.” “Is your daughter’s wedding day still the same?”… “I don’t know.”  “Do you think the Indians will play this season?”… “I don’t know.” When do you think things will get back to normal?”… “I don’t know.” The I don’t knows have placed anxiety, stress and even fear in the hearts of so many people.

I believe in the midst of all the “I don’t knows”, we can find peace and stability in the one thing we know absolutely 100% for sure. We know that God’s love for us is unconditional. We know that God’s bountiful mercy is beyond our comprehension. We know that all things are possible with God and we know that God offers eternal life to each of us.

May we continue to thank God for all the gifts that he has given to us and respond to these gifts by giving our time, talent and treasure back to Him.

God bless,
Deacon John                                                                                                                                                               

 

There is no place like home!

One of my favorite movies of all times is The Wizard of Oz. It was our family tradition each year around Thanksgiving to watch this classic story about Dorothy and her three wonderful friends the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion as they journeyed down the yellow brick road.

The moral of the story of this classic movie, The Wizard of Oz, comes out of anyone’s life experiences. The moral is to follow your heart’s desire, but to be prepared for many obstacles along the way and it helps to have good and reliable friends. Out of all the lessons Dorothy learned, the greatest one of all is this: There is truly no place like home!

The corona virus pandemic has led us on a unique journey in our lives and has taught us many valuable lessons along the way. The pandemic has taught us to never take the ordinary things in life for granted. We have learned that some of the most ordinary things we do are some of God’s greatest blessings and just how valuable our family and friends truly are.

For many weeks we have been physically separated from our spiritual home, our beautiful St. Patrick Parish.  Our parish has been such an important part of all our lives. It is the place where our children and grandchildren have been baptized. It is the place where our loved ones have journeyed from this world to the next. It is the place where we have been joined with our spouse in holy matrimony. It is the place where we have experienced God’s grace and forgiveness. It is the place where we have received His Precious Body and Blood in the Holy Eucharist. Thank God we are back home, once again, together as the Body of Christ. I cannot help to echo the words that Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz spoke, with tears of joy some 81 years ago, “There is no place like home.” Welcome home!

Love,
Deacon John