Dearly Beloved in Christ:
Every year, on the next-to-last Sunday of the month of October, we celebrate World Mission Sunday. This year’s celebration falls next weekend (October 20/21). Mission Sunday reminds us of our primary call through baptism to be missionary disciples. Here in our parish, we have adopted as our vision this commitment: to be one Holy Family Parish, united in the joy of the Holy Spirit and in charity, as missionary disciples.
Missionary disciples! “Life is mission” as Pope Francis reminds us in his message for World Mission Sunday. So how can you participate in the missionary activities of the Church as a disciple of Christ? We can do so through prayer and support. By giving generously to the collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith next Sunday, we help to sustain the Church’s missionary efforts in vulnerable communities throughout Asia, Africa, North and South America, and the Pacific Islands. As the saying goes, some go to the mission by giving, some give to the mission by going!
You can also support works of evangelization in little ways. Missionary endeavors are not limited to distant lands only. Often, there is plenty of missionary work that needs to be done in our neighborhoods. Here in our parish we have an Evangelization and Stewardship Committee, which meets on the last Monday of the month. I am truly excited about the ongoing works of this committee and cannot wait to share them with you as they materialize. Christ’s words in Luke 10:2 – the harvest is abundant but the laborers are few – beckon us to take the work of evangelization seriously. We need you! Will you be a voice and a joyful witness for the Gospel message?
So beloved in Christ, when it comes to the work of evangelization and bearing witness to Christ, “Never think that you have nothing to offer, or that nobody needs you. Many people need you. Think about it! Each of you, think in your heart: many people need me” (Pope Francis, Meeting with Young People, Maipu Shrine, Jan. 17, 2018). As aforementioned, I will be sharing more updates about the works and needs of the Evangelization and Stewardship Committee, and we hope that you will join us in this important work.
You are all invited to the 3rd Annual Mass for First Responders (Blue Mass), organized by the Knights of Columbus, which will be held at St. Mary’s on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 12:10 PM. Finally, remember to come for our Parish Town Hall Meetings slated for October 17, 18 and 19 at St. Mary’s, starting at 7:00 PM each day.
In Christ’s love,
Fr. Jude Ekenedilichukwu Ezuma