The “dog days” of summer are upon us. And with them is the usual dry weather during the month of August. Let’s continue to pray for rain to satiate our lawns, gardens and fields.
While many are still enjoying what is left of summer vacation, it has been business as usual for the Cathedral staff, parish council and finance councils. The summer has been a busy one for us. We have been attempting to identify some goals for both the present and the future, and identifying strategies to accompany them. A few are essential to the success of Cathedral Parish I feel.
As our school building becomes aged and more decrepit, we will need to ensure adequate class room and meeting space for our religious education and formation programs. Perhaps a new education center with a multi-dimensional use will be the outcome. Regardless, we will need to put together a plan of sound financial planning – both in the areas of parish contributions for operations, and in the area of planned giving (estates and wills). If you haven’t thought about the Cathedral as a beneficiary in an insurance policy or as a part of your will, perhaps now is the time to check into the benefits it can provide for both you and the Cathedral Parish.
The big question that parish council has been grappling with is harnessing our greatest resource – people – in order to create and sustain the vibrancy of parish life. How do we get more people involved in parish ministries, social outreach and parish event volunteerism? In a couple of weeks we will be meeting to determine a ministry/ volunteerism check list, and then discussing the mechanism by which people can respond and sign up. Perhaps a ‘stewardship fair’ would bring families together to do more than just sign up, but share insights and ideas, and create the essential bond for a community approach to ensuring parish life vitality.
Additionally, this Fall we will host town hall meetings for parishioners at various times to accommodate different schedules in order to present the plans/drawings for the new monastery for the Perpetual Adoration Sisters. Perhaps you have already seen Bishop Swain’s statement in the July issue of the Bishop’s Bulletin regarding the new monastery. We want our parishioners to be informed since it will affect our campus landscape, and the future restoration of the original rectory. My hope is that it will renew our parish commitment to not only the Sister’s health and welfare, but also to their vital prayer ministry that aids our parish and diocese. The hope is that once again we will have public Perpetual Adoration in their new chapel.
An emphasis on the stewardship way of life today will ensure the vibrancy of the life of our parish for the future. And so, I invite you and encourage you, as rector, to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ by being a true steward of your time, talent and treasure. As Jesus tells us today:
Where your treasure is, there also will be your heart.
Fr. James P. Morgan