Most of you already know that I just celebrated my 10th year anniversary of ordination as a priest and I would like to again thank you for our love and kindness. I was thinking about the ministry I’ve had as a priest for the past ten years and I can only be grateful for the grace of God working in my life. I know I have learned a lot in the ministry, but I know too that I have a lot more to learn; please continue to pray for me and for my brother priests that we may always be open to God’s grace and be the ministers he ordained us to be.
Last Monday (July 1st), was my anniversary of arrival here in Ashland to be the pastor of our beautiful parish community. It has been five years (half of my life as a priest) and I am grateful for the love and kindness that I have experienced from all of you. My ministry here in Ashland is not without challenges, but it is made less challenging because of your love and support – I am truly blessed to be a part of this wonderful parish family. I pray that we may continue to grow in our love for God and for one another as we continue to be faithful in living our lives as followers of Jesus Christ.
Let us continue to build our parish family. There are a lot of things we can still do to help make our parish grow; please prayerfully discern how you can be of help in the different ministries available for volunteers. Let us remember that any help given to our local parish, is help given to build God’s Kingdom here on earth. Let us be builders of God’s kingdom as Altar Servers (of all ages), as members of the Choir, as Lectors, as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, as Ushers, as Catechists, as members of our Adult Faith Formation Committee, as members of the Core Team for our Youth Ministry, as volunteers for the Food Bank, or as Adorers during our First Friday devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. There are a lot more opportunities to help build God’s Kingdom through the different ministries in our parish community.
Sometimes you might feel like there are no opportunities here for you, I think you just have to look harder and reach out – know that Our Lady of the Mountain needs you. Let us remember that God is always calling us to action. May God continue to bless us all here at Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church.