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Pastoral Vision
I envision a parish where all the members:
  • are well versed and confident in the Word of God (as found in Sacred Scriptures, Catholic Tradition, and the magisterium);
  • pray with fervor as families and individuals;
  • sing loudly and pray boldly at Mass;
  • are recognized by their peers at work and in the world as living distinctively different lives as marked by their morality and holiness, both individually and corporately;
  • are maturely motivated by intense missionary enthusiasm which spurs them on to bear witness to Christ;
  • encourage others and are themselves open to vocations to priesthood and religious life.
Foundation Stones to My Vision

  • “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”
  • Priority on adult then teen then youth (classic “CCD”) Religious Ed
  • reclaiming the lost generation(s)
  • full implementation of Vatican II
  • Dice nove, non dice nova. (“Say things in a new way; don’t say new things.”)
  • “is above all the worship of God”
  • “the source and summit of our faith”
  • therefore it should be beautiful, dignified, and proper
  • avoids minimalist actions and mentalities
  • a genuinely Marian discipleship:
    • “Fiat!”
    • “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.”
    • “Do whatever He tells you.”
  • how to pray - especially how to pray the Mass:
    • “Full, conscious, and active participation of the faithful in the liturgy.”
  • availability and encouragement of Confession
  • popular devotions (especially Eucharistic Adoration and the Rosary)
  • our parish is healthy when others are drawn to the truth that we live and proclaim
  • measures the depth of our own conversion
  • speaks explicitly of Jesus as naturally as we mention our earthly friends
  • our parish is healthy when others wish to perpetuate the truth that we live
  • active encouragement
  • creating opportunities for religious encounters