Fr. Bill's Corner
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR
Last weekend we celebrated our parish feast day with many liturgies and social events including the Hope and Healing Service on September 14, the blessing of Our Lady’s Oratory on September 15, the beginning of Family Faith Formation Program, and our Annual Parish picnic on Sunday, September 16. It was a wonderful way to celebrate our Feast day with a spirit of faith, prayer, and JOY! All the activities would not have taken place without the support of so many people working together to ensure that each gathering was a prayerful, organized, and joyful celebration of our faith.
The one event I would like to focus on for a moment is the blessing of Our Lady’s Oratory. I remember being asked just after I was named pastor, “Where do you want the Statue of Mary that will be taken from the bell tower of the former church?” Once the statue of Our Lady was refurbished, we engaged in a parish-wide conversation about the final location of this truly magnificent work of art. We prayed about this, and we considered many options and locations. After listening to your input and after conversations with various committees in the parish, I was able to answer the question posed to me a few years ago and decided to place the statue of Our Mother of Sorrows in the former baptistry, which had been used for fellowship in recent years. On this past Mother’s day I proposed this to the parish family and, on the Feast day of Our Mother of Sorrows, the Oratory was blessed by Bishop Matano. With the relics on display in the Oratory, that space has proven to be a most fitting place for the beautiful and historic statue of Our Mother of Sorrows. While we are all pleased with the end result of Our Lady’s Oratory, I am just as pleased with the process we used to get there- a process that embodied respect for one another, open communication, faith, and prayer.
I am blessed to be the pastor of this parish! May Our Lord Bless our parish.
The Very Reverend Fr. William Coffas