Dear Family of St. Mary’s & Sacred Heart Parish
What an honor and privilege for me to have been named your pastor by Bishop John Doerfler. It has been so good to have met so many of you last weekend. It is said in ministry, that the minister, more so than those who are ministered to, is the one who is abundantly blessed by his family. You are many and I am one. The gifts and charisms of the Holy Spirit working through you will be a joy and blessing for me to experience, so thank you in advance for your openness to the work of the Holy Spirit in your individual lives and in our collective life as a parish family. May it lead to what is said in sacred scripture:
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven (Mt. 5: 14-16).”
Thank you in advance for your love of this parish and your witness to me of your love of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, He who says of himself, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me (Jn. 14:6).”
My goal as your pastor is to build on the strong foundation left to us, thanks to Fr. Sebastian’s fatherhood and leadership. I want to continue to meet the obligations of our parish mission, namely, to preach the Gospel, evangelize our community, and serve the poor of our parish, school, and neighborhood. I look forward to our collaboration and partnership as we continue to build on that which is already good and effective, but also to be open to new ways in which the Holy Spirit wants to work in order that we might continue to effectively meet the obligations of our parish mission. We will continue to grow in our work in becoming a vibrant intergenerational parish family, having concern for one another from the womb to the tomb. As St. Paul says, “I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. I do it for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings (1 Cor. 9:22-23).” We do well to entrust ourselves to the Lord Jesus through His blessed mother, all of our works, joys, sufferings, hopes and dreams.
A reminder that the weekend of July 18th and 19th, we will have shifted our worship space from the school auditorium to the Church, so that is where we will convene going forward.
God bless you all!