Church is not a building; it’s a movement of people toward a common goal. Our goal is to connect individuals to one another in Christian fellowship, deepen their lives of prayer, help them to heal from life’s wounds, foster their growth in faith, and guide them in serving in ministry and mission with the love of Christ. We use five words to describe these five purposes of our church:
These words are the central organizing principle of our entire church ministry. They appear on our website, drive our pastoral objectives, and determine our annual parish theme.
Two years ago, we focused on our connection to one another. Our parish theme was One Body. Last year, our efforts turned to learning how to pray in more diverse and perhaps more satisfying ways, and our parish theme for the year was Pray Together —Stay Together.
Today we begin a new adventure. As we reconvene after many of us having gone our separate ways over the summer months, we now are moved to deeper reflection on the healing power of Christ in our lives, the third purpose of our church. Our parish theme is called, Getting Better Together: A Year of Healing and Spiritual Wellness.
This year we’re going to encourage you to take your spiritual pulse and consider what area of your life might need a little healing. Like other wellness programs, we’ll be offering you some resources and help to improve your overall spiritual health.
In particular, our Sunday messages will focus on the theme, and we kick off the new year today with a six-week message series that we’re calling, Holy Triage, to help you assess your own spiritual health quotient.
Other great initiatives on tap include:
On February 9, we’ll be celebrating spiritual wellness in marriage with a world class Catholic speaker in an event we’re calling, Happily Ever After. At our annual Saint Brendan dinner in May, international author and inspirational speaker, Terry Hershey, will cap off the year by talking to us about resources to step back from a stressed driven pace of life and learn to celebrate rest, sanctuary, faith, and gratitude.
Father Roger Gustafson