Dearly Beloved in Christ:
During our Parish Town Hall meetings last year (October 11, 18 & 25, 2017), one of you asked me what my vision for Holy Family Parish was. I responded by saying that I hope, as pastor, to continue to discern with you what is God’s will and purposes for Holy Family parish and how we could collectively respond as one community of believers. I also added metaphorically that I see our parish as one big slumbering giant whom I hope to wake up by making a lot of noise! This “noise” would consist in constantly inviting everyone to greater participation in our parish community, because we have so much potential. And as the “giant” rises from its slumber and walk, the whole of Galveston will experience its movement!
Thus far I have been very humbled and highly encouraged by your response. A few to highlight – when we were short of our DSF goal last year, we took up second collections in the month of December and quickly surpassed the goal. This year, we are on pace to meet our parish goal before the end of the calendar year. Our last Holy Family St. Patrick Festival was a huge success because many of you volunteered your time, treasure and talent. Not too long ago, we participated in the Baby Boomerang fundraising project for the Galveston Pregnancy Help Center to assist struggling mothers. Once again, we all responded generously. Here is an excerpt from the letter I received from Ms. Julie Johnson, the Executive Director of the Center:
“Thank you so much for supporting our ministry through the Baby Bottle boomerang fundraiser! … Since we opened on March 19th, we have seen God accomplish miraculous things in our ministry. One of our clients who is now attending the HOPE program, was initially abortion minded, and now wants to carry her baby to term and become a better parent.”
My beloved in Christ, thank you for your generosity and commitment! We still have more work to do. I am inviting all of us to work together as one Holy Family Parish, united in the joy of the Holy Spirit and in Charity, as missionary disciples. This is how we cooperate with God in making this “giant” – our parish – move and give greater witness to Christ.
Some of you have responded generously by accepting to become members of the following recently formed committees/groups in our parish: Buildings and Grounds; Emergency Preparedness; Holy Family Garden Club; Evangelization; and Holy Family School Board. We are still in need of more members to join the Evangelization Committee. Also, we are asking for volunteers to form a Stewardship Committee for our parish. Please contact me if you are interested. Finally, I would like to thank the members of the Master Plan Committee for their dedication and hard work. I will be sharing more updates with everyone in the coming weeks about the ongoing work of this committee.
In Christ’s love,
Fr. Jude Ekenedilichukwu Ezuma