Whew! Our first weekend of the On Mission for the Church Alive! implementation is in the books! And, by and large, it was very successful!
As we observed the events of the weekend, we noticed a few things, and we’ll be taking steps over the next few weeks to address some of the issues we observed. Parking at the 10:00 AM Mass at St. Maurice and the 11:00 AM Mass at Sacred Heart was pretty hectic. We’re going to need to find ways to provide parking and access for those who have mobility concerns. (Please be patient as we think through the issues and try to find solutions!)
Naturally, Fr. Mohler, Fr. Vince, and I are trying to learn the patterns and the particular traits of our various parish liturgies (just as, I’m sure, you’re noticing that we might do certain things a bit differently than Fr. Al, or Fr. Ken, or Fr. John did!). To my mind, it feels like new dance partners learning to dance with one another. We’ll step on each others’ toes a bit, but soon we’ll be dancing in harmony!
One last note: we’ve begun our planning for All Souls Day (Friday, November 2). See the article in this bulletin that describes our plan. If we held a funeral Mass or blessing service for a loved one of yours over the past 12 months, then we’ve already mailed you a letter, asking you to participate in one of our Masses of Remembrance on All Souls Day. Please consider filling out the invitation and getting it to one of our parish offices! If you didn’t receive a letter, please call one of our offices, and we’ll find out why we missed sending it to you, and we’ll get your loved one on the list for our Mass!
Most importantly, keep our four parishes in your prayers as we begin this process of transition!