Pastor’s Letter – Dec. 3, 2017: Resources for Advent and Spiritual Growth
I am happy to announce that we have filled the Facilities Director position. Mike Venable is now our Facilities Director. Mike is a long time parishioner and has been a great help supporting the Liturgy, especially the Eucharistic Ministers and Servers. Mike will be working with Dave Johnson, drawing on Dave’s long experience with the property. Mike will be overseeing the security, cleanliness and long term maintenance of our beautiful campus. Mike will also coordinate and manage events held on our campus. We are happy to have Mike on board and I am confident that he will serve our community well with the many gifts and talents he brings with him.
When I worked as an administrator in Catholic High School I was able to facilitate Matthew Kelly coming to our school and speaking to our students. He was a great success and really connected with the kids. In fact, the phrase I use often in my preaching, “To become the best version of ourselves”, I picked up from him. Matthew has a special gift for communicating the Catholic faith in our time to people of our time. He is an excellent speaker and writer, making the faith very accessible. Our parish will be hosting Matthew Kelly to speak here at Holy Rosary in the spring. It will be a ticket-only event so make sure you get your tickets online through our Web page or when they are sold after masses. This will be a sold out event, so if you would like to come get your tickets early.
Next Sunday the parish will be offering a gift for Advent to all the parishioners: a book written by Matthew Kelly entitled Perfectly Yourself. In very simple terms he gets us started on the journey to becoming the best versions of ourselves. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this book, the little booklet we provided for Advent and the resources on FORMED. Please visit our parish web page on going into FORMED where you can find resources for spiritual growth during Advent. Like the parable of the Talents, being the Good and Faithful Servants, we must use the resources that are available to us to do the Master’s will and grow in our love of Our Lord and our faith.
Also on the Parish Web page you will find a little video that was done as Deacon Terry Marcell and I walked the Camino of St. Francis in October. It was done by Catholic News Service and the person who organized our pilgrimage as a way of promoting this Way (Camino) of St. Francis which is not as well-known as the Camino to Santiago. I think you will enjoy it. I also plan to present a slide show on my Camino of St. Francis once the slides are ready.
I pray that everyone has a blessed and fruitful Advent Season. This is a special Season and time of grace in our Church’s Liturgical year to prepare our hearts once again to receive our Lord at Christmas. The theme of this First Sunday of Advent is to “Watch and Pray”. May we all strive to become “the best versions of ourselves.”