A New Year's Letter from Fr. Tom
The turning of another year has occurred, and the immediate future is always a chancy prediction, but I hold great hope that we will soon finally be much closer to normal regarding our health status. And with that for at least a momentary focus, I want to thank all who allowed us to have a fairly normal Christmas celebration, despite the stress that is on us all.
If you had asked me last year at this time, I surely would have held that we would be beyond the health risks of this past two years, but that is not quire so, yet. We continue to hope for God’s help as we continue on our journey with Him, knowing that we will always have that support and promise to lift the fear that can so easily take hold.
Over these past two years we were attentive and responded as best we could, and I can say that the people of our parish have fared better than many other groups of people who have endured isolation and a radical change in their usual pattern of socializing. We, as humans, are a community-based people, meaning that we are designed and built to interact regularly with others. The recent disruptions to this pattern have had very significant effects, but we are continuing to address these, and I believe overcoming them. This is due to the very fine people of our ministries, who at different times have acted heroically, regarding less their own welfare, but focusing on the needs of the parish overall. To all of you who have done this, from the Ministry Leaders to those who participate, to our staff that organizes and directs so many actions of the parish, we are so grateful. I say it all the time, and it is true, “We have a truly wonderful group of people and families!” Thank you to all who are sharing this journey, and supporting us all during these somewhat difficult times. We couldn’t do it without you!
Looking forward, we will soon resume many ministries that have taken a break over the holidays. I would ask all who are reading this to consider being a part of what we do here. At the end of the summer I was highlighting the need for service in our lives. I renew that now, with the reminder that service is being a part of something that can serve others, but will always return to serve the one who offers time and energy to others – it’s just how it works! If you want to be happy, be of service, and you will discover how deep joy can reach within your heart.
Of particular note are the restarting of the small groups. If you haven’t already been a part of one of these, please consider doing so, as it will really help you and all those in your group. You have more to offer than you might think! It really is the model followed by the early Church, and if you wonder how they were able to grow and prosper from such a small number, come and find out how that dynamic works. You will always receive more than you give, for our God will not be outdone in generosity.
With prayers for a really good year ahead, and asking God’s deepest blessings on you and your loved ones, I wish you a very happy and blessed New Year!
Father Tom Frechette, Pastor
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