The apostles and disciples Jesus chose were ordinary people with the mission to spread his Good News in all the world. Jesus knew well how egos, power, clothing, possessions, could and would influence their actions. So Jesus ordered them to strip themselves of everything except the bare essentials. They left behind the trappings and the security of their former lives and, in the name of Jesus, went out into the world. Devoid of all selfishness, the work of the disciples and apostles surrounded the Cornerstone and completed the sound foundation for Christianity.
Through the New Testament and documented history, we know of the lives of men and women who also were able to obediently follow the instructions of Jesus, became saints, and established God’s earthly Kingdom. We also know of countless men and women who were not able to deny themselves to leave their biases and trappings behind, as they pretended to live, speak and act on behalf of Jesus and religion. The results were disastrous in the individuals’ lives, the communities,’ and the church’s.
How do we know today how closely we are following the instructions of Jesus? There is only one metric – it is our heart. Through our intellect we know that the use of our time, talent, and treasure provides an outwardly, observable behavior pattern. Through our heart we know the genuineness of our Love for God and our neighbors. So let us be grateful to God for setting our hearts on the higher gift. Let us thank God for our dying to the self and for our new life in Jesus Christ, his Son and our Lord, who came to serve and who asks the same of us.
Notes for the June 11, 2013 Dreaming/Visioning session
Pastor and/or Associate Pastor: Jim
Parish Counselors: Theresa, Tom
Christian Formation: Deacon Phil, Al
Parish Life: Cevin
At Large: Brook
The meeting began with Mass in church and prayer in the upper room. Scripture was from the Gospel of the day. The dialogue question dealt with how the trappings of our lives interfere with our mission.
The topical discussion began with Father Jim sharing with us the names of the new principal and the Pastoral musician (John and Brian). Leslie will be the Administrator of the Hispanic program with the volunteers running the Sunday am sessions. The Trustee and PC positions are also filled.
Cevin has begun to work on getting people to join the Parish Life committee. Getting new members for D/V will be a secondary priority.
With the new principal on board, perhaps we can reconsider our preliminary decision on not having the prayer tree this year.
Letter writing to people in prison; Deacon Phil reported his findings. The prison’s policy allows unsealed letters to be received by the inmates. The letters would be matched to the inmates by a pastoral person. Care must be used to keep the source of the letters untraceable. The suggestion was made that we would consider writing a few times each year, particularly around the holidays.
Pallium Lecture will kick off the DWTD series. Recommendation was made to have periodic reminders in the bulleting for people to get it on their calendars. Al to ask Patty to make that happen.
Thank you to Mass servers – the graduates, who were Mass servers, got a certificate of recognition with their graduating diploma. The suggestion was made to perhaps have a tri-parish picnic for all of the servers once a year to honor them and to thank them.
Birthday call to parishioners – no progress. Father Jim shared that he gets a call from the Archbishop on his birthday.
With a new principal on board, Patty can pursue the idea of presenting one (or more) of Chris Stephanic’s videos to the school parent association.
Ditto for the food pantry – grocery bag idea
Theresa has a supposedly viable list of newcomers. She will update the ministry booklet and have it produced for the parish. The parish will send a welcoming newcomer’s packet to the people on her list. Invitations to the parish festival and the Harvest dinner will be included. Theresa was to check with Patty and come up with a date for the later.
Tom handed out information about a diet based on Scriptural principles. If there is enough interest and people to help Tom, he would be interested in presenting this 14 week series.
The July 16 PC meeting will be with St Pats with the opportunity to start collaborating with that parish.
Wayne and Judy Rolfs have offered to present a program to St Andrew. D/V OK’d their request. Al to relay that message to Wayne.
Late in the meeting we talked about a farewell for Father and a welcoming for Father Angel on the last Sunday in June. Coffee and doughnuts in the cafeteria after the 9:30 Mass.
Next Meeting August 13, 2013
Meeting closed with the prayer for parish Life, a song and a blessing.
May our love for our triune God be a never ending source of energy and desire to bring the Good News to our community.