First, I am very excited and happy to be with you! This morning I spent some time before the Lord in the chapel here in the Rectory giving Him thanks for His blessings and for sending me here to Fall River to serve you as your Pastor. I then spent time praying for each of you. This is my first responsibility as your Pastor. If you have any specific prayer requests, please do not hesitate to email them to me at email@example.com.
Our Community of the three parishes of Good Shepherd, St. Stanislaus and St. Mary's Cathedral are all on a journey together. St. John Paul II referred to the Church as a 'Pilgrim People'. Our journey is one of self discovery, a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ and one another and sharing our joy with others in the community. The Lord gives us everything we need to persevere. Each of us has a role to play, not only in our own individual spiritual growth, but in inviting others and helping others on their journeys. Jesus' last words in the Gospels were a command: Go, make disciples. That is our purpose and mission as a Church.
In these next few weeks my task will be to learn about the three parishes that make up this community as well as to learn about those who live in Fall River. Together with the Pastoral Team and with you we will look at how we need to grow and how we can continue to build up God's Kingdom in Central and South Fall River.
I am looking forward to sharing this journey with you!