From the Pastor
Dear brothers and sisters,
There is a beautiful hymn titled "All Are Welcome." I believe the words of the hymn express, in a simple way, the mission statement of this parish.
Let us build a house where love can dwell and all can safely live,
A place where saints and children tell
How hearts learn to forgive.
Built of hopes and dreams and visions,
Rock of faith and vault of grace;
Here the love of Christ shall end all divisions;
All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.
This Year of Faith places a great focus on New Evangelization. In the past we have thought of evangelization as the specific tasks of missionaries. They go off to all the corners of the world to proclaim the gospel and build new communities of faith. In this Year of Faith we are being challenged as church members to be missionaries in our own neighborhood and our own community.
All of us as baptized Catholics are called to proclaim the Good News. In this Year of Faith we are encouraged to invite others to join us.
It is a bit ironic that in many parts of Africa, South America and Asia the Church is vibrant. The vast majority of Catholics in the world today are living in the Southern hemisphere. While in Europe, North America and the Middle East, the long established and once thriving Catholic communities are dwindling. There are many reasons for the change. We live in a culture where religious belief is often considered unenlightened. The scandals of the Church have wounded and grieved the faithful. Just to name a few.
The Year of Faith is a call for us to be "hometown missionaries." We do that by living our faith openly and welcoming others who are searching to our community.
All are welcome, all are welcome in this place.