Today we celebrate the realization that Christ is among us and continue this journey of discovery as individuals and as a parish family experiencing the ways in which He manifests His love for us. Jesus was born into time to share our joys and sorrows – He is our companion and strength. Now more than ever we need to know this.
As I noted from the pulpit last Sunday, we had approximately 900 folks attend Christmas services – that is nearly 650 more than on a usual weekend. We gathered as family, friends, neighbors and Catholics to celebrate the birth of our Savior at two beautifully decorated churches and inspired by equally beautiful music. Our worship together – centered on the love of Christ contained in scripture and in the Eucharist – confirms that we as a parish family comprehend how important His presence is in our lives. It is my prayer -- my insistence -- that our active parishioners capture in minds and hearts what we witnessed --- a majestic St. Brendan Church filled with parishioners.
Unfortunately, we know this is an all too familiar pattern that has directly contributed to the inability to maintain two churches and two campuses most especially St. Brendan Church and the offices at 15 Rita Rd. which need millions of dollars to repair. This was visited in 2018 when there was a consultation process, and nothing has changed or improved since then. We must address it again.
I have been forthcoming these past months that consolidation is inevitable, and that moment has arrived. To the unfortunate distress of several core parishioners, for which I am very sorry, it was necessary to note at all the Christmas Masses that the consultation process for St. Brendan Church begins now. As I stated at each Mass --- we must remain united as a parish family moving forward and it is imperative that as many parishioners are aware of our predicament as possible. It is the only way we can survive as a parish.
THE CONSULTATION PROCESS CONCERNING ST. BRENDAN CHURCH
A dedicated email address has been established for comments and consultation concerning the future of St. Brendan Church: [email protected] All submissions will be reviewed but not directly responded to. My hope is that the submissions will allow me, along with the staff and Parish Council, to determine how to proceed concerning the future of the church and what recommendation, if any, are to be presented to the Cardinal.
In addition to the email submissions, the week of January 30, 2022 will be LISTENING WEEK – parishioners will have the opportunity for in-person consultation; to discuss the process with me and/or make constructive comments. Meetings will occur after the 9 AM daily Masses on Tuesday, February 1st and Thursday, February 3rd and after all Masses the weekend of February 5th and 6th. My hope is that members of the Disciples in Mission Team will join us; however, this is something we can do together as a parish family.
Be assured of my prayers and please pray for me!