-Guest Post by Sheryl Cahoy
It’s already the beginning of another new week and hard to believe that the 2016 Parish Festival is in the books and the conversation will turn to talk of the upcoming Holidays way too soon.
On behalf of the Festival planning team, we hope you got plenty to eat, met someone new, and took home some great memories! We want to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” for all of your time, hard work, and resources that each of you gave to help make our Parish Festival successful. Even though we will count numbers to help us prepare for next year, success is not measured just by the number of meals served, tickets sold, or funds raised.
Success is better measured by the number of people whose lives touched each other these past few months in preparation and throughout the weekend in celebration:
- We worked alongside new families and got to know them, caught up with old friends and heard how their family is growing and changing, and tried new foods and music.
- We shared stories of new babies, grandchildren, new businesses and vacations. Where we were for 9/11 and gratitude for the men and women who have served, or are currently serving, our nation and community.
- We also shared prayers over one another, conversations of family challenges, illnesses, and remembering loved ones that we lost.
We are a people that are meant to be there for each other; to walk with one another. Success is about experiencing this communion with one another as a member of not only this parish family, but of Jesus’ family.
Plus, there’s more….this past weekend, we celebrated Welcome Sunday and 20 (Yes, that is TWENTY) new families that joined this great family over the past month! THANK YOU LORD, for bringing them into our lives. Each month on the 3rd Sunday, we pause to welcome and bless our new families at Mass and offer a time of fellowship in the Parish Center to get to know each other. Conversation, Donuts, and Coffee are in plentiful supply! If you haven’t been there for a while, I encourage you to stop by next month and make new and old CONNECTIONS!
Take a couple of minutes to watch the video below and enjoy some of the sights and sounds of Parish Festival and the connections made in our parish this past month. These connections don’t have to just be a memory or a video. They can flourish if we keep the desire to know one another better at the forefront of our parish life and put our focus on really living out the vision that Pastoral Council has discerned for us in “Walking with You to Meet Jesus”.