August 26, 2018

August 21, 2018

From Father Jordan

My Dear Ones,

May the Grace of our Lord remain always with us!

It seems like I just arrived yesterday, but today I am here at Saint Sebastian’s two months. I know that isn’t a terribly long time, but I feel very at home and I am grateful for your kind welcome, and the deep sense of support I find among you.

At 60 days what do I see? First and foremost, I see a wonderful community who wants to grow in our Catholic Faith; a community that wants to praise God more and more; a community that has a heart for service; and a community who likes one another! These are immeasurable gifts that cannot be taken for granted and deserve our constant and ongoing attention.

After 60 days I am aware of other items that need our ongoing attention. Some items that are on my heart:

  • How do we expand our Faith Formation for all members of our community: children, teens, young adults, men, women, and seniors?
  • Our physical plant is in need of deferred attention: the Tower and tuck-pointing of the Church, front stairs, and handicapped ramp; the outside window sashes of the Church need sanding and repainting.
  • Once everyone is “back” in September, we need to do something social!

Mark your calendars for some up coming events:

  • Saturday Morning Mass at 9:00 am began last Saturday and continues from now on. This Mass is part of the penance for the crisis in our Church that I mentioned in my homily last week.
  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) for 3 – 6 year old students will begin on Monday, October 15. More details to follow shortly.
  • Religious Ed will begin on Sunday, September 9 and Monday, September 10. All catechists will be commissioned on Catechetical Sunday, September 16 at the 9:00 am Mass.
  • Watch for news about extended Eucharistic Adoration, a new website (!), and our Christmas Bazaar Saturday, December 1.

Until we meet at the altar, O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us, who have recourse to Thee!

In the Lord,

Fr. Jordan, OP

 

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