Celebrating 100 Years and Creating a Strong Future
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither was OLPH, but in 2019 we celebrate 100 years as a parish! To think of the many hands that laid the foundations of our parish; to remember all the Masses celebrated, all the baptisms, weddings and funerals; to recall the children educated in our school, all the friendships woven and family bonds strengthened on our campus - it is overwhelming! So much goodness and beauty has blossomed here. And myriad lay and consecrated, along with a few clergy, have breathed life into our little parish. Myriad hands, myriad hearts, myriad lives have been signs of God’s spirit in our midst. Parish life is not the work of one or a few, but truly the duty of each and all.
In our readings today, the Lord shares the spirit given to Moses with 70 elders. These men are charged with helping in leadership. They receive the gift of prophecy. When asked if he is jealous, Moses, “Would that the LORD might bestow his spirit on them all!” Would that everyone shared in this responsibility!
Two upcoming events give rise to invitations to shared leadership. These events will call upon the participation of many parishioners with different backgrounds and skill sets.
1) For our 100th anniversary, a committee had been meeting to prepare for this great occasion, but has not met for a spell. I will be reaching out to those who have expressed interest. If you would like to pitch in, to share in the responsibility of celebrating OLPH @ 100! please contact me ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
2) Our School PTA will hold a special session on 10/2 at 7pm in Nolan Hall. This meeting is open to ANY person interested in strengthening our school and fundraising for a stronger future. Many different skills and connections will be needed.
Since we are discussing working together, let me say that as the new administrator, many people have shared with me ideas, suggestions, and areas for improvement. The things I hear are amazing! I welcome your insights as I gain a deeper knowledge of our parish. But more is needed than suggestions; we need help. We need you to be not only identifiers of the problems, but also (and more importantly) part of the solution!
Change is never easy, but we at OLPH need to adapt in order to meet the new realities of parish life head on. So while history is a great teacher, doing the same-old-same-old will not prepare us to confront the increasingly secularized and anti-Catholic anti-truth society.
In 3 months here at OLPH, I have experienced a warm welcome, and met some very dedicated folks. I look forward to a long tenure here, to getting to know each other better, and to rolling up our sleeves in order to create a stronger brighter OLPH for the next 100 years.
May God bless you!