Dearly Beloved in Christ:
We are one Holy Family Parish, united in the joy of the Holy Spirit and in charity as missionary disciples. All of you would notice that I have always shared these words in every one of the bulletin letters I have written since resuming as pastor. I believe they sum up what we are about and should continue to aspire to be as a parish. After due deliberations with the members of the Pastoral Council, we have adopted the above as our parish Mission/Vision Statement.
Every organization needs a Mission Statement. A good mission statement engenders community, inspires action for positive transformation, and provides a roadmap for the members as they work to realize the grand vision of the organization. As Christians, we have already received our marching orders from Christ when, before ascending to heaven, he gave us the Grand Commission to: go, make disciples, baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them all truth (See: Matthew 28:19-20).
Our parish Mission Statement will be displayed in the coming weeks in all of our churches, the school, and at the parish office. It will serve as a constant reminder to all of us of what we are called to be: a community that is united as one, supporting each other as disciples and aided by the joy of the Holy Spirit, and going out to make new disciples.
No disciple is his/her own master! A disciple is one who is formed in a community. Right from the beginning of the Church, the disciples “devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers” (Acts 2:42). It was their love in action, expressed uniquely in their communal sharing that made them attractive to others. Let us work to truly be One Holy Family! Here are a few encouragements on how to achieve this: all ministers (EMs, Lectors, altar servers, etc.) should be open to serve in any of the churches that make up the parish; endeavor to visit the different churches in our parish periodically; volunteer more/join a parish ministry; support our schools; and participate in parish events. God bless you as you participate in the building of a healthy community for our parish.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving celebration! We will have only one Mass on Thanksgiving Day at 9 AM at St. Mary’s.
Please stop by to celebrate with my parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Philomena Ezuma as they celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary this Sunday (Nov. 18th) during the 12:30 PM Mass; reception to follow after Mass at the KC Hall.
In Christ’s love,
Fr. Jude Ekenedilichukwu Ezuma