Notes from Our Pastor

January 23, 2022

 

“With gratitude!”

Dear parishioners:

With the present surge of the omicron variant in our community, I am grateful that you protect each other by wearing masks at church. Thank you for your simple act of kindness for your fellow parishioners. Remember that the two sections of pews nearest to the walls of church are roped to help keep separation if that makes you feel more comfortable. We will continue to livestream all Masses. Holy Communion is available in front of church ten minutes after the 9:00 a.m. Mass is finished.

Last fall Fr. Joseph came to preach at all our Sunday Masses as we looked to begin a relationship with Our Lady of the Rosary School and St. Charles Lwanga parish in Uganda! Our Strengthen Your Brothers men had begun that relationship over the last few years. I asked the SYB men to form a leadership group to help plan how a partnership might continue. With Fr. Joseph and Fr. Thomas they have identified an immediate need.

You may remember that Fr. Joseph shared that in the dry season the school children walk two miles to get the water they need for that day. This coming Lent we will work to raise money to provide a well. Thank you to those who donated money when Fr. Joseph came and since that time. Your donations will be seed money for this project. There will be more information coming on this exciting opportunity soon!

In Christ,

Fr. John Brennell

 

January 16, 2022

Dear Parishioners:
 

We gather this Sunday as we have just begun Ordinary Time in the Church year. There will be nothing ordinary in our Archdiocese in the coming years as we begin a Strategic Pastoral Planning initiative! This process will examine all of our parishes, schools, ministries and agencies, evaluating our effectiveness as a local Church in proclaiming the Gospel and identifying opportunities for improvement.

This is a multi-year project. We are in the beginning stages of discernment, guided by prayer, listening, and collecting data and feedback from lay leaders, the faithful, priests and deacons. From there we will develop options for a strategic plan and ultimately implement a plan throughout the entire Archdiocese.

As we begin this process it is important to know that there is no plan now. Again, as we begin this initiative it is important to know that that there is no plan now! Anyone who might speculate on the outcome of the work that will take place over the next two years is truly speculating! So, keep an open mind and heart and pray.

There has been information on the “All Things New” strategic planning process in the St. Louis Review and there is presently information on the Archdiocesan website. It is worth your time to read the background that has brought us to this initiative. As the process unfolds there will be the chance to gather in each parish to share and gather information. I will keep you updated on these opportunities as we make this journey together.

In Christ who makes all things new,

Fr. John

 

 

January 9, 2022

 

“The one who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Revelations 21: 5

Dear parishioners:

At the start of this New Year I am grateful to our welcoming committee for offering a unique opportunity for new parishioners. This weekend and next there will be committee members available in the back of church after all the Masses to register anyone who would like to officially join the parish.

We are aware that some join us often for Eucharist and consider this home but have not had the opportunity to formally register. If you are interested in registering, you can come to the table in back of church after Mass. We hope to take your name, phone number and your email address. We have a welcome packet for you to take home. Later, someone will contact you from the parish office to take further information as needed.

As you may be aware, the Archdiocese of St. Louis is beginning a process of strategic pastoral planning. The “All Things New” initiative will examine all of our parishes, schools, ministries, and agencies, evaluating our effectiveness as a local church in proclaiming the Gospel and identifying opportunities for improvement. I will be sharing more on this initiative in coming weeks.

Although the “All Things New” initiative will be a lengthy process, we know that as it begins, it will be helpful to have a true picture of who calls Seven Holy Founders home! So, if you have not yet had an opportunity to register in the parish, we would love to officially welcome you!

In Christ, who makes all things new,

Fr. John

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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