Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
St. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:26: “if one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored; all the parts share its joy.” He is reminding us that as the Body of Christ, the Church, we are individually and communally joined together as a community. We have a responsibility for and with one another. We are called to live and grow as stewards in all of the aspects of our lives. We have the duty quite honestly to be stewards of our Church, and specifically here in the Church of St. Alphonsus.
We will have a wonderful opportunity over the weekend of October 21-22 to celebrate and acknowledge our many gifts and talents as a parish. We are having a MINISTRY FAIR to highlight our many ministries here at St. Al’s. We want to acknowledge our fellow parishioners who are already involved in the various ministries of the parish. We want everybody to be aware that St. Al’s reaches out and shares its blessings not only within the parish itself but far beyond into the neighborhood and wider community. When good people give of their time and talents, God has a beautiful way of blessing these efforts and gracing us with even more joys and holiness.
We will invite parishioners to reflect upon their own gifts and talents and consider if they may want to join a particular ministry. Sometimes we need to stretch ourselves and involve ourselves in activities and concerns and grow in ways we never thought possible. I am sure that the Holy Spirit will challenge all of us to become more involved for the benefit of our parish and our Church. We want to move beyond mediocrity to be a great parish!
Over the coming weeks more information will be made available to us about our MINISTRY FAIR.
God bless you all and pray for one another.
Gratefully, Fr. Pat, C.Ss.R.