Dear Friends of Saint Ann's and Saint Brendan's,
This week I received a nice card from one of our parishioners and they quoted an Irish song, "you're as welcome as the flowers in May". Everyone has been so kind in their words of welcome and I already feel at home. Thank you all so much for the warm welcome and for your patience as we begin a new chapter in the history of both parishes. There are no coincidences in life and certainly not that we have begun our time together at the beginning of a new Liturgical Year, the season of Advent.
This great season lives in hopeful expectation of the coming of the Lord and our need to be open to what He calls us to do each and every day. The season of Advent calls us back to the single greatest priority and that is making Christ the center of our lives. Advent is a new beginning. We endeavor now on a new beginning and we ask the Lord to guide us in all we do. I wish all of you a blessed and fruitful Advent as we climb the mountain to the Christmas season.
As we begin Disciples in Mission in Phase 2 of the collaboration process we will keep you posted on all important information. Each week I will write to update you and will have the same message for both parishes ensuring we all see the same updates. Part of our duty is to pray for one another and let's make sure we don't forget that.
A friend of mine once said, "every step no matter how small, in the right direction, will get you closer to your goal". I say Amen to that! God bless you all and I look forward to meeting more of you soon!
St. Ann—St. Brendan Collaboration
As the pastoral plan of the Archdiocese unfolds, St. Ann and St. Brendan are scheduled to begin collaboration on June 3, 2014 as part of "Phase Two" of the plan. What exactly does this mean? Both parishes will remain open under one pastor and his pastoral staff. Since the collaboration team of the Archdiocese in Phase Two, is combining forty four parishes into twenty one collaboratives, it is a huge undertaking to select pastors and their associate priests for all of them. It is hoped that all the new pastors will be named by Christmas. Each parish will retain its own assets and its own separate finance council. The collections taken up each week-end will go into that parish’s bank account, to pay that parish’s bills. There will be one parish council for both parishes, made up of parishioners from each parish. Each parish will retain its name and identity, finances, books, and financial obligations. There is more information available on the website: www.disciplesinmission.com.
Saint Ann Neponset
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