Happy New Year! May 2022 be filled with God’s blessings for you and your loved ones.
Thank you for your support of Holy family during 2021. It was a challenging year and unfortunately, we are still dealing with the Covid virus. However, with your help, we were able to continue our work of saving souls. Because of you, we did not retreat but expanded our ministries and outreach to all.
We have many plans and ideas for this year and for the future. I was hoping that by now we could hold in-person parish meetings so we can pray, listen, and discern what God is calling us to do. What I have in mind is to take our mission statement “…a welcoming Catholic Eucharistic community of disciples of Jesus Christ connecting faith with life and reaching out to those in need” and look what is our next step for growth in each of the areas of our mission statement, i.e., welcoming, Eucharistic community, disciples of Jesus Christ… We are already in the process of forming a pathway for discipleship that will give us a road map as to how we can continue to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. We also are forming a task force to look how we can be more welcoming. This year we will launch the Archdiocesan “Called to Renew” capital campaign, so we are working on the case statement to present to you for your input. One of the needs of our society is how to address mental health. The leaders of our Pastoral Ministry, Office of Life, Justice and Peace (Giving Bank), and our school are working together to provide programs in this area. These are only few of the things that we are working on and I hope that soon we can meet in person and talk more about these projects and listen to what you see as needed for our community to continue our journey on this road to holiness. In the meantime, please feel free to send me any ideas, suggestions or dreams you may have for our parish family.
As we look forward to this year, we are still facing some financial challenges. Although since July 1, we went back to the regular Sunday and weekday Mass schedules and we even added an evening Mass on Tuesday nights with adoration and confession, our Mass attendance is still only about 60-70% of our pre Covid numbers. This obviously has a great impact on our offertory which is the main source of income that supports our ministries and outreach. We have also experienced a decrease in the number of ministers in the church due to concerns about Covid. Therefore, we need your help at this time for us to continue to build on what has been passed on to us. You are the driving force that propels us to keep moving forward and building the Kingdom of God at Holy Family. We cannot do it without you.
God is good all the time, and all the time God is good. No matter what happens this year, we will be strong and continue to grow because this community was built on rock, Jesus Christ, who is our Good Shepherd and Protector. Let us pray for our parish family that we may always discern and do the will of God for us.
Wishing you a fruitful and blessed Lenten season.