From Father's Desk

Dear Parish Family,

Last week, we began to share about our “Summer Schedule” or “Summer Mode” and I asked that you “stay tuned.” As a parish staff, we feel like we have been going full speed since last fall and now it is time to make some breathing space, to pare down our weekly duties, to recuperate from the fullness of the year, but also to plan for the year ahead. Summer is a wonderful time to recharge, to take stock, and to look forward. We already look forward to new programs and efforts as people return from their holidays, and the children return to school.

This rhythm has always been part of our reality as people go on vacations and kids are out of school. But adopting this intentional rhythm of life comes to us through the group coaching effort we began last fall. As a team we have learned a great deal and continue to adopt proven strategies for the development and rejuvenation of our parish life (like the message series and small groups.) In fact, last week we took an entire day as a team to pray, to dream, to share and to listen. Our first time doing something that many organizations do at least once a year, but often quarterly. We really enjoyed the time to step away from the daily grind in order to think bigger, to listen to each other’s hopes, and to cast vision for our future together. The day was wonderfully full of growth as a parish team. And we still have some homework to accomplish as a result of our team development day.

Our small groups will move to a “summer mode” as well. Each group will discern together how God may be inviting them to take some time. Perhaps a backyard BBQ or getting together once in a while to keep the connections going. In the fall, we plan to once again invite members to take part in these faith-sharing groups, since they are so valuable for building up the Body of Christ.

We have also begun the planning for our parish feast day. Our Lady of Perpetual Help is celebrated on June 27th throughout the world. We have special permission to move the feast to the weekend, since it is a local solemnity. Our parish will gather for the holy Eucharist and then share a fellowship meal, much like the early church did. First the Mass then the meal. Mark your calendars for June 25th, at 5pm. Plan to bring some food to share and a chair or blanket to get cozy in our parish gardens. And right now, please, begin praying for good weather (80 and partly cloudy would be perfect)!

For those of you planning to be away for all or part of the Summer, please arrange to continue your support of our parish on Givelify. Just download the app from your app store. Set up is a breeze. And thanks!

Finally on a personal note, this coming week the Wilson men will be gathering for a week vacation in the hills of North Carolina. My brother will journey from Ohio. Our uncle and cousin will come up from Florida. Dad and I will head out from here. Thank you for your prayers for my brother, Sean. So many have asked after his welfare. He is doing very well. He has lost almost 50 pounds; he quit smoking; he is exercising. All good signs. Thank you for your love and support! In fact, this summer it is time for me to follow his good example and get back on the bike regularly. Walking Gracie is fine for some light exercise, but I need to exercise that heart a bit more intensely!

Wishing you peace and blessings!
Fr. Wilson