With 2023 in our rearview mirror, we now look forward to the year ahead. The new year is often a time when people will make resolutions and strive to improve certain aspects of their lives. Fr. Troha suggests that maybe this year is the time to create spiritual resolutions.
“It’s good and well to improve your life, but maybe also make changes to pray more, have a time to pray every day,” he says.
One way we can engage in regular prayer is by frequenting the Adoration chapel, which is currently open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and will once again open back up to 24 hours once repairs to the window are complete.
“We are looking forward to having the Adoration chapel open 24 hours again,” Fr. Troha says.
One area requiring immediate attention in the new year is the various repairs that are needed after the unfortunate damage that our church sustained this last year. This includes new carpeting, as well as repairing the stained glass window that is currently boarded up.
“We’re hoping to have everything fixed in the church that was messed up by the desecration,” Fr. Troha says.
On the subject of our parish’s physical buildings, we will also anticipate the second of the scheduled renovations for the old classrooms. As part of this, room 103 will now be named St. Anne and the other room will be named after Blessed Carlo Acutis.
“We hope to get that done this year,” Fr. Troha says.
Of course, as with every year, we are looking forward to several events taking place in the upcoming months. We will once again have our Oktoberfest in July, and there will be a chili cook-off in January.
While there aren’t many “new” things coming here at Immaculate Conception, we can take this as a time to recommit to what we’ve already established, with regard to our commitments of faith and stewardship. Maybe it’s time to try out a new ministry, such as the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, or altar serving. When the Adoration chapel opens at capacity again, we will also need more committed adorers to fill spots.
It can be a hard time for many Catholics as we navigate the many political and social challenges in our current world. Fr. Troha has some words of encouragement for parishioners as we move through a new year:
“Prayer is not the last resort — it’s the first resort when our faith is tested; when we’re undergoing criticism and moral issues,” he says. “Let’s turn to prayer first — not after everything else has failed — and really place our trust in God this coming year.”