I am anticipating my return to the parish with great eagerness

09-02-2012Weekly ReflectionFather Tim Christy

Dear Parish Family,

I am writing this letter only hours before my departure to Detroit. The last minute preparations are many. While I am used to encouraging everyone else to get ready for school, I had forgotten what it was like for myself!  I am deeply grateful for all the well wishes, prayers and gifts that you extended to me this past weekend, right up to the cake I received a few minutes ago after daily mass for a belated birthday! I feel very affirmed and grateful to God for you, my parish community.

As I spoke about this past week end, this will be a time of renewal and learning for me.  It will be a time of growing and cooperating with each other in the parish. I feel great confidence in the priests and deacons, the sisters, Geoff Stricklin, Regina Edersheim, our Pastoral Council and Finance Council, and the many good-hearted and zealous volunteers, stewards, and organizations here in the parish. We are indeed a vibrant community that truly wants more. I can sense the desire of our parish to grow. I am anticipating my return to the parish with great eagerness and the opportunity to share what I learn to enliven our parish even more.

The most important aspect of the New Evangelization is prayer. The Holy Spirit is in charge of conversion. God can and will do everything, but He has made us to cooperate with Him and to participate in the growth of the Kingdom of God. We must pray for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit, that the hearts and minds of people everywhere would become attuned once again to God. We can pray that if hearts become ready to receive His Word, that we might become the instrument or the witness to light the fire of faith. It is usually one person at time. So let us begin praying to the Holy Spirit now and doing all we can to repent, cooperate, and become docile to the promptings of the Breath of the Spirit.

I am very sad to miss the music and food fest. I hope and pray that many come and enjoy the hard work that so many people have participated in to prepare it. I am especially grateful for Carmela Kinney who has spearheaded the efforts.  What a great way to end summer and look forward to the fall.

I will be in contact with you over the coming weeks. Please stay tuned for our new and improved web site that is on its way. Please support our priests and staff. We need each other to get to heaven.

With great affection, in the Sacred Heart of Jesus,

Father Tim