O. Henry's "Gift of the Magi" brought sensational joy to my life over 50 years ago. It is a story about the lasting testimony to the power of love and sacrifice. Having been here as pastor for about 10 years, I have grown to appreciate the love and sacrifice people have put into the parish. I welcome you to our website, hoping you
will see and learn what this parish of "great participation" offers, and to invite you to come and share and become part of this faith-filled dynamic.
I am grateful to see how we continue to grow in our appreciation of one another. As I serve this community, I cannot help but take the joys and the struggles of such good people into my own heart. Getting to know more and more people allows me a very blessed opportunity to hear their remarkable stories and the various ways they make the decision to love time and time again. And, time and time again, my heart returns to gratitude.
One example is the decision to come and worship. So many people witness their fidelity to participating in worship each week. For others, the decision is not easy and automatic but requires much effort to get the household moving and focusing on thanking God for the many graces and blessings they have received. It requires setting honest priorities in their lives, lives that are so often pulled in many directions. They focus and ask for the divine assistance that our human nature needs. I must express for the community the support and encouragement that comes from seeing one another and celebrating our parish life and liturgies with the authentic joy and presence to one another.
I thank all those involved in our various ministries, in our planning and discussion groups, in the numerous small faith sharing groups, and in those individual acts of goodness through which we reach out to one another,even in anonymous or unnoticed ways. I know your motivation is not to be thanked. I know in giving we receive. But your actions and faithful presence are truly appreciated. And as pastor, I thank you all!
Our welcome to people to our parish is ongoing. We desire to help all people feel the joy of serving the Lord in various ways: social action, formation in Christ, and expressive praise of God. Our parish award winning action flows from the call of biblical justice. Take a moment to savor and try to appreciate all the lives touched by our parish ministries; the diversity of God's people who are impacted by the willingness to sacrifice and love in both tangible and intangible ways. We truly value both. So, both laity and clergy strive to help you live out your
baptism privilege and responsibility.
Father Bill Graney