A Letter from Fr. Sandy
We held our regular Commission Night on June 24, at which our six Commissions and the Coordinating Committee for Hispanic Ministry met to continue their work. It is time for us to thank several of the members of these groups as they step down from serving and to recruit new members.
If you would like to be involved at this level of planning and work for the parish, consider whether you might make a good fit for one of our Commissions. Here is a description of each and a brief summary of their current agendas.
Administration: Is not currently in need of new members but can accept 3 more. This Commission will increasingly put its focus on promoting the spirituality of stewardship. It also manages the safety plan for the parish.
Adult Faith Formation: Needs 2 new members. The AFF Commission is working on the implementation of some new initiatives to enhance adult formation, including a welcome-back process for inactive Catholics and marriage preparation.
Youth Faith Formation: Needs 4 new members. The YFF Commission will assist with the transition to a new Director of Religious Education this fall. It is also working on increasing the collaboration between the parish’s RE programs and the parish’s School.
Community Life: Needs 4 new members. This Commission is working on implementing an International Dinner in January, a new parish picture directory, and creation of the infrastructure to enable child-care during events.
Outreach and Social Justice: Needs 4 new members. The Commission assigns tithes for the parish. It works to promote participation in outreach efforts and MORE Justice.
Prayer and Worship: Needs 4 new members. Prayer and Worship is planning for practices, updates, and enrichment for liturgical ministers.
Hispanic Ministry Coordinating Committee: Is not currently in need of new members but can accept 3 more. The HMCC is working on coordinating three large events through the fall, including the celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is also planning further fundraising efforts by the Hispanic community to support the building of a new church.
If you are interested in serving, please fill out a copy of the form that can be found at the entrances of the church, or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will send you a copy. Return the forms by the end of July. While we may have more interested people than slots on Commissions, your interest is welcome, and there is always a place for everyone who wants to serve.
Fr. Sandy McDonald
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Welcome Returning Catholics
First, we welcome you. We recognize you are considering a significant step on your spiritual journey. Some see this as a journey back to their spiritual home; others are looking for reconciliation with God and the Church. Whatever your reason for being away, we have missed you and celebrate your desire to take another look. See more information for returning Catholics.
- Father Sandy McDonald, Pastor
- Robert "Bob" Higgins, Father
- Gerard (Stick) Thibodeaux, Deacon
- Genie O'Shesky, Business Administrator
- Wendy Bobadilla, Parish Nurse
- Catherine Combier-Donovan, Pastoral Associate for Liturgy & Adult Formation
- Maria Correa, Assistant to Business Administrator
- Silvia Goodman, Administrative Assistant
- Tammy Melson, Director of Communications
- Johnny Sanchez, Youth Minister
- Cherie Smith, Director of Christian Formation and Pastoral Associate
- Michael Wells, Sexton
- Verónica West, Assistant to Director of Christian Formation
Flower and Plants
Opportunities to remember or honor loved ones and special occasions with flowers and plants for our church and sanctuary are available for upcoming weekends. Your donation of $75 will be used to create unique and beautiful arrangements for weekend Masses. Please contact Silvia Goodman in the church office at 788-3252, ext. 318 to make arrangements for donations.