The Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a Community Breakfast on Sunday October 18, 2015 from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Adults $6 and children aged 4 – 12, $3. All are welcome!!
I must say, however, that with the welcome I have received over the past weeks (I arrived at the parish on August 1st) I really have nothing to fear. Each person who has welcomed me has made me feel so much a part of the community. Some parishioners remember those days with Fr. Baxter (not yet a Monsignor) when I was first here during my internship year (1987-1988), or my ordination to the diaconate (January 1989), or the first Mass I celebrated on the front lawn of the Rectory (June 1989).
Being pastor of this parish has truly been an experience of coming home and of being welcomed among friends. Together we will make our journey of faith over the next number of years and we will grow in our faith and deepen our relationship with the risen Christ. Through our participation in prayer, liturgy, and community events we will come to know one another better and strengthen the ties of friendship and belonging.
Each of us is given a share in the pastoral mission of the Church and each of us is invited to participate fully in the work of the gospel. It was in this church that I heard the call of the Lord to ordained ministry through Fr. Baxter and the women and men of the parish who gave voice to their faith and their commitment to Christ and to St. Patrick’s Church. The voice of the Lord is heard in and through the community, in our prayer, and in the celebration of the sacraments. He is with us reminding us as he so often reminded Peter and the disciples: “Do not be afraid.” Let us begin the new pastoral year, our journey of faith, with confidence in Christ’s abiding presence with us who are his brothers and sisters.
Father Paul Shepherd, Pastor
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