The Eucharist Will Renew Our Parishes

by Jun 14, 2023Pastor's Blog

He who attempts to act and do things for others or for the world without deepening his own self-understanding, freedom, integrity, and capacity to love, will not have anything to give others. He will communicate to them nothing but the contagion of his own obsession.

Thomas Merton

Thank you very much to all who joined us for our Eucharistic Procession last weekend, including the end of the Pastoral Year BBQ at Shalom House. Almost 100 people were in the procession led by our parishioners who celebrated their First Holy Communion in May. also, more people joined us for food and games afterwards. Last weekend’s celebration and Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood reminds us that it is the Eucharist that will renew our parishes.

As disciples of Jesus, we are called to lead holy lives and invite others to join us. We are called to be fed and to feed others. Living a stewardship lifestyle, being grateful and generous with our gifts, serves a twofold purpose. One, it helps build God’s kingdom here on earth. Two, it helps us strengthen each other’s relationship with God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. It becomes our roadmap to Heaven.

This Wednesday evening our Pastoral Council members along with ministry leaders from all four parishes gathered to discuss evangelization and parish growth. We all realize that the Church needs healing. And the world needs the Church.

There are scandals, division, disease, and doubt. The Church has withstood each of these throughout our very human history. But today we confront all of them, all at once. Our response in this moment is pivotal.

In the midst of these roaring waves, Jesus is present, reminding us that he is more powerful than the storm. He desires to heal, renew, and unify the Church and the world.

How will he do it? By uniting us once again around the source and summit of our faith in the celebration of the Eucharist.

Again, Wednesday’s meeting focused on five reasons why our Catholic brothers and sisters leave the Church. We brainstormed together to prepare for the new Pastoral Year, starting in September. Let’s continue praying for each other.

How Did We Get Here?

Every generation experiences challenges in faith and in this day and age, secularism has seemed to push God out of the picture, forcing us to focus on popular imagination. Secular culture leads us to think that all we have is ourselves and this moment and has also led to breakdowns of family life, respect for life, and a whole host of social ills. We need healing and redemption in Jesus Christ now more than ever.

7 Signs of Parish Vitality

  1. Culture of evangelization
  2. Ongoing formation and discipleship
  3. Vibrant worship
  4. Meaningful community life
  5. Commitment to service
  6. Passion for vocations
  7. Faithful stewardship

These seven signs of parish growth also guided our discussion on Wednesday night. If you have any questions, please reach out to me, Lorne, or one of our ministry leaders. Have a great week. Peace.

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