Dear Fellow Parishioners,
Glory to Jesus Christ!
As a member of the Parish Pastoral Council, I would like to introduce our action plan for our parish based on our parish mission statement. There are four elements to this action plan, the first being Education. Based on surveys that you filled out in the past, the Pastoral Council has implemented programs to help in our formation as Christians. The first program is our Eastern Christian Formation (ECF) for our children which happens on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy. The second program is “Just in Time Teaching”, which is a 10 minute lesson from Fr. Lukas during the coffee social after Sunday Divine Liturgy and while the children are in ECF. The third program is a lending library, where you can share or borrow books on prayer, Catholic teaching, etc. in order to deepen your faith. This library can be found in the gym/hall and accessed on Sundays during the coffee social.
The last program that we will be implementing at this time is called “Heaven on Earth”, which is a hands-on play-by-play of the Divine Liturgy. I personally have experienced this program while on a retreat, and I found that it deepened my appreciation and wonder for our beautiful Divine Liturgy. There are many prayers and symbols that we don’t get to experience as the laity in the pews, or we miss because we are so accustomed to the rhythm of the Divine Liturgy. I encourage you to participate in this “Heaven on Earth” when we begin scheduling it this year.
I hope that all of you will try to participate in at least one, if not all, of these educational opportunities. Many of us were raised to just go to Church on Sundays and call it a week, but Jesus wants us to know Him so that we can then love Him and serve Him and ultimately be United with Him forever in Heaven. Our Byzantine Catholic Faith is so rich and beautiful… join us in diving in deeper to what it has to offer!
Sincerely in Christ,