The new year is an opportunity to recollect ourselves and renew our efforts. Many people use this time to make personal changes for the better. As a parish community, the new year is a chance to evaluate what is bringing us closer to our goals and, in turn, redouble our efforts. Our parish is vibrant and successful when we are growing collectively and individually, in faith and holiness. As Fr. Jose looks ahead, he sees the parish reaching out through evangelization and supporting each parishioner’s relationship with our Eucharistic Lord.
“We are a welcoming and inviting community,” he says. “And we plan to make it more welcoming and inviting in the new year so that we will be able to reach out to more people and share the Word of God and the Bread of Life with them.”
Much of the new year will be continuing the National Eucharistic Revival. We are in the midst of the Year of Parish Revival, so we will be offering more and more opportunities for our parishioners to encounter Christ in the Eucharist.
“We will continue to help our parishioners grow in their faith in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist by providing them opportunities for devotion to the Eucharist, and faith formation through homilies, talks, and witness talks,” Fr. Jose says.
Frequent confession and adoration attendance are essential ways to draw closer to Christ — to foster this, we will offer All-Day Adoration and Confession during the seasons of Lent and Advent. Parishioners are encouraged to participate in any of our opportunities for adoration throughout the week. This year, we will take our reverence and love for Christ in the Eucharist into our wider community.
“To proclaim publicly our faith in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, we plan to have a Eucharistic Procession outside the campus through the streets in the new year,” Fr. Jose says.
We will continue to evangelize through the “Invite One Back” initiative suggested by the National Eucharistic Revival, as well as our mailing campaign and door-to-door campaign.
The parish will also offer an opportunity to go deeper through our Lenten Retreat and our Parish Mission. These events are a great chance to set time aside to really focus on your relationship with God and discover where He wants to take you.
“The Retreat and Parish Mission will help our parishioners periodically examine and renew their lives,” Fr. Jose says.
In this new year, let us embrace the many available opportunities to build up our parish family and deepen and strengthen our individual relationships with Christ!
You can stay up-to-date with all of the ministries and events this year by reading the parish bulletin for the most current information.