Last fall, I asked all of you to write down some things that you want our parish, St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy, to become; the direction that we should take as a parish. (Not necessarily items or fixes that you wanted, but rather what we wanted to become, how we wanted be seen and known by others). After you filled out those blue cards, I compiled the answer and presented them to the parish pastoral council. After a few months of thinking, listening and discussing, at the January meeting, we came up with our parish mission statement.

The Parish of St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy, inspired by Mary’s “Yes” and led by the Holy Spirit, strives to be a faith-filled community, joyfully welcoming all to witness and to celebrate the Gospel.

This is a simple and humble statement, focusing on Mary, our model and the patroness of our parish. We “strive” to be a faith-filled community, because we are not perfect. That is why we need to be led by the Holy Spirit, in whom we place all of our trust and hope. We can’t do it on our own, nor are we there…yet. The merging of the three former parishes left many people feeling confused, disappointed, even angry or bitter. Now we want to get over those negative emotions and focus on the positive, the future, being joyful and upbeat about our community and all that God has blessed us with. In that way, our lives, our prayers, our celebrations help us witness to the love of God, and press us forward to be witnesses to the Gospel, to be joyful missionaries.

Fr. Ken

One thought on “Our parish mission statement

  1. I agree our future to go forth as one parish. I really love our new parish and the future can only look brighter if we are willing to be positive.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s