By this time next month, I will start my 22nd year of being a priest. I have dedicated more than half my life to helping others and living the Gospel message. Recently a young parishioner said to me that they wanted to have fun things to do at church. You see, I have been waiting for you to come to church to start small groups, special events, and other fun things.
My thought process has been that without people coming to church, starting those things would be impossible. I had a revelation this week that if I wait, we will never have those things in our parish. One of my beloved brothers in the national church said to me once that if I think small, I will be small.
Here at Saint Francis Parish, we are going to start thinking big. This Sunday we are having an Ugly Christmas Sweater Sunday for the first time ever. And this will not be the last time! On January 12, we will have a Taize Mass. The Taize Mass will have chanting and long pauses for meditation and silent prayer. On January 26, we will have a parish pot-luck after Mass.
And this is just the start. We will continue to expand the Blessing Bag’s program for our homeless friends and family. I have no idea how we will fund it, but I have faith that it will happen. I have faith all our programs will succeed. And so we will move forward. For Saint Francis Parish, 2020 will be a phenomenal year and I hope and pray you will join us.
Come experience a radically inclusive and welcoming Franciscan Parish!