Here is Bulletin_2015-05-03
As we said before, the next few weeks are going to keep us from spending much time with this blog.
1. Pilgrimage to the Basilica: Let’s begin on a happy note. The Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception holds a very special place in my heart. In the 1950’s, we Catholic children throughout America would save up our pennies, nickels, and dimes and give them to Sister as our personal contributions to the building of that great shrine. Over the years, I have taken my family there to attend Mass and to view the beauty of the art there. One time, we even took our dog there on the Feast of St. Francis for the blessing of the animals. So, thanks to Mike Butters for telling us about the pilgrimage and offering to be the point of contact for sign-ups.
2. Parish Pastoral Council: Here’s a chance for you to provide input.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL TO MEET TUESDAY, MAY 5
The pastoral council will meet this Tuesday at 6 pm for a dinner meeting. This will be that last meeting before Summer so if you have any input that you want to give to me (email@example.com) or to any of the council members you can find their contact information of the parish website: http://www.stpeterparishva.org.
Our discussion will continue to have three themes: 1) How to bring the Gospel to the surrounding community (evangelical outreach); 2) How to build up the spirituality and community within our parish community (evangelical in-reach); and 3) How to reach out and minister to the “least of our brothers and sisters” (the preferential option for the poor.) If you have ideas on these topics I would like to hear them.
While reading the above item concerning the next Parish Pastoral Council meeting, two things come to mind. First, based on what we have chronicled here in this blog, it appears that number 3 has received the most emphasis since our new Pastor has arrived. So, Father, if you are reading this blog, I might suggest that number 1 and number 2 could could benefit by some more of your time and attention. We’ll pose a simple question, “What would it take to bring the Sheep in Exile back to the fold?” You could make that happen if you would listen to what they have been saying to you and make some accommodations for where they/we are in our faith. That would be a great work of “evangelical in-reach.”
I was going to add a quote from a certain saint, but prudence and my guardian angel advised that it would be taken the wrong way. Suffice it to say, we are not ordained and we do not aspire to do that which only an ordained priest can do.
The altar, the confessional, the baptismal font, at the side of the sick and those near death – those are places where the priest performs in a way that we, the laity, cannot. That is a priest’s special call to holiness.
In matters of social justice and the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, raising children, and evangelizing in the workplace, that is where we, the laity, have our calling – that is our call to holiness.