It has been a journey transitioning the five Tacoma parishes into one new parish, including St. John of the Woods as a mission of the new parish. There have been a few hurdles, some angst, loads of teamwork, and the realization that the time is almost here. And one major action item has been accomplished; the new parish has a name – Pope St. John XXIII Parish.
The naming of the new parish was a major step, one that Archbishop Etienne gave up to prayer. He wanted the name to reflect one of the core visions of our parish. Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council, which transformed the Catholic Church. And now we are undergoing another type of transformation by uniting our faith, values and dedication into the new parish and school.
The Archbishop appreciated the effort of parish leaders and parishioners who provided input in the naming effort. The final process took place at last Wednesday’s Pastoral/Finance Council meeting, where members from all five parishes listened to Fr. Tuan’s assessment of where the process was and then voted on the final two names presented by the Archbishop.
Each of the five parishes has gone through many emotions that come with a change to our parish life. The hope is that the new name will bring unity to our parish family.
Pope St. John XXIII, pray for us!