The parish Visioning Team is organizing two meetings for the parishioners of St. Dominic Savio and St. George in order to discuss how we can support each other in our devotion to Jesus and our service to mankind. The meeting at St. Dominic Savio is scheduled to take place in the cafeteria on Saturday, September 23 from 9am to 12pm and the meeting at St. George is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, September 26 from 6pm to 9pm.
Registered parishioners are not only welcome to attend, the Vision Team encourages your attendance. You can attend either meeting or both meetings.
I challenged the vision team to consider the following question, “How are we going to be a thriving parish with one priest?” because that is the reality we are facing as a local Church. I know the status of vocations in the Church from my nearly ten years at Kenrick Seminary. On more than one occasion in the four years I have been assigned to St. Dominic Savio, I wrote in this column that the vocation shortage is approaching our shores. Our ongoing efforts to pray for vocations, although necessary, have not produced the results necessary to maintain all the institutions/parishes we have staffed for decades. If we just continue to do what we have been doing and think we can maintain the status quo, other forces will overtake us.
Our future can be bright, but we need to think and act differently if we are to have an influence on what we, the parish family, want for our future. The challenges we face as a local Church can be either, intriguing or frightening. I say, be not afraid, because I am confident the Holy Spirit has been with us in the past, is with us in the present and will continue to guide us into the Church of tomorrow. My confidence also lies in you, the parishioners of St. Dominic Savio I have come to know over the past 4 1/2 years who are
dedicated to Christ and His Church.
Had we not taken courageous steps and thought differently about how we deliver Catholic education, our school would be in its last year of operation. The model that proved successful for years was no longer sustainable. At the time, it felt foreign and even painful to close our school as we knew it, however, collaborating with others in Catholic education strengthened our school and increased our opportunity to form disciples of Jesus.
We are entering our annual stewardship season, and it is especially at this time of year when I am particularly grateful for your generosity to the parish. Fewer parishioners are making greater sacrificial offerings at St. Dominic Savio. I cannot say “thank you” often enough.
Many of you participate in our parish’s online giving program. To help us maintain and grow this mission, our parish is in the process of transitioning from ParishPay to WeShare, a new online giving tool. WeShare makes it easier than ever for you to manage your online contributions and will save our parish time and money. Postcards with WeShare information are available in the Gathering area.