The liturgy training sessions for our Eucharistic volunteers are nearly completed. Thank you to all who have participated, and to those who prepared the sessions, and to the coordinator who is working hard to prepare the schedules. The openness of all of you to listen, to learn and to share your views was very helpful. This is a big step in the growth of our young parish community.

Hopefully now we are all on the same page. We can always use more volunteers. If you have any concerns, please contact the team captain (coordinator) of your specific ministry; they either will be able to help you or will bring the issue to one of us.

The Parish Pastoral Council has been meeting monthly since July. I am pleased to report that most of the members of the transition team agreed to stay on as Council members for the year. Thanks to all of you for your willingness to help. I know that some of you have been asking about public meetings; we discussed this at the last meeting and have decided that, first of all, it is important for us to gel as a group and to get to know each other and how each of us acts and reacts. This is allowed according to the regulations of the Archdiocese. After that time, some of the meetings will be open meetings; we will let you know ahead of time which ones they are. If you have a concern and want to bring it officially to the PPC, please send an email. That email address will be made available in the future in the “Joyful News”.

I am very much aware that one of the major concerns of many of you is that you cannot hear well in the church. We have been working to fix this. We thought that just adding a couple more speakers would help fix it, however it seems that is not the case. We have been in contact with the local company that installed the system a couple of years ago to get the right answer to the situation. I know that it is frustrating for you; it’s frustrating for me as well. Please pray that we can find the right solution quickly and economically. God Bless you for helping our young parish to grow and develop into an active, joyful and faith-filled community.

Fr. Ken

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