Father Scott’s Thoughts:
Something well begun is half done! Let’s have a good beginning.
During Lent we focus on repentance and baptism. Those who are not yet baptized enter final preparations for Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. We who are baptized devote ourselves to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving and embrace a spirit of repentance as we prepare to renew our baptismal promises. For those of us baptized as infants, the Easter renewal of baptismal promises is the opportunity to make an intentional decision to add our “I do” to the “I do” voiced by our parents and godparents long ago.
Even as we focus on Lent with its themes of repentance and baptism, we need to look forward and plan for Holy Week, Easter and beyond. The “beyond” part is to create a mini fourteen-month pastoral plan for April 9, 2020 (Holy Thursday) through June 6, 2021 (Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ) to give us some direction and focal points while we work on a three-year pastoral plan for 2021-2024. Our priorities for the fourteen-month pastoral plan are the Year of the Eucharist, communications in our parishes, and vocations.
Year of the Eucharist: Cardinal Sean has called the Year of the Eucharist to help people gain a better understanding of the Eucharist and to invite and encourage our brothers and sisters to find the consolation of the Lord through participation in the celebration of the Eucharist and in times of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.
Communications: How can we strengthen communications in our parishes by making better use of our existing communications tools and adding other communications tools?
Vocations: How can we create a culture of vocation in our parishes by helping each person to discern and follow God’s plan for his or her life, with a particular focus on diocesan priesthood?
Do you have ideas for the Year of the Eucharist, communications, and vocations? Please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, but no later than Sunday, March 15.