Parish Council picctured left to right Carrie Delcourt (president), Bill Schutte,
Tonia Rogers, Larry Duke, Father Apo, Marlene Metzger (secretary), Louis Granato,
Tom Pastrnak, Al Gahagan.
Lent is about preparing us for new life in Christ at Easter. I asked the parish council members to share what their prayers are for our parish this Lent. The following are what they are praying emerges as new life in our parish this Easter.
I pray for an increase in faith within our parish and greater Mass attendance. Let us ask for a renewal of the immediacy of Christ's message that applies to us today as much as ever.
I pray for continued expansion of our membership and our outreach to the community at large.
I pray for the drug problems going on as I would imagine that most of our parishioners have a family member or loved one that has a drug or alcohol problem that they are struggling with. How can we as a parish help with this?
I pray that our parish becomes more unified and "Eucharist centered," not only for Sunday Mass, but that we might hold yearly church events such as speakers that bring the Eucharist into our parish life, our family life, our work life, etc... I pray that Sunday Mass not be the only time our parishioners come into the church. Instead, may Sunday Mass be the culminating event of our entire week that was centered around Christ.
I pray for continued growth of our parish. In particular, an increase of young families and children which would bring more energy and "new" life to the parish. I also pray that our outreach to the poor and homeless continue to expand with more and more parishoners getting involved with this ministry.
I pray that we rededicate to our parish ministries and bring more people to get involved to foster these ministries. I also pray that we become more involved with providing assistance to the homeless through the Hunger Housing Health (HHH) Task Force.
I pray for the possible organization of a mentoring program for our McAnthony Window patrons that will help patrons with obtaining housing, employment and spiritual growth.