July 24, 2016
Dear Parish Family,
This past Tuesday, we held a meeting with the Adult Faith Formation Committee. The purpose of this meeting was to evaluate the recent programs we have offered to the community and to plan for new programs as we continue to find ways to strengthen the ongoing formation for our parishioner.
As you know, we registered the parish last November for a one year term to FORMED.ORG. It is the best online catholic teaching resource all in one place. We are aware that only those families who have computers and internet at home have full access to this resource. So far, we have eighty nine people registered to FORMED.ORG. It is also designed to organize study groups for gatherings to learn more about their Catholic faith. We have decided that FORMED.ORG is a great program to have, and so we are planning to renew the parish registration this coming November for one more year.
I am looking forward to meeting with the Communications Committee on Monday, July 25th. This will be the second meeting since we began working with this group.
On August 1st, we have scheduled a regular meeting with the Parish Finance Council. Currently we are evaluating the conditions of the parish parking lot.
On Saturday, August 6th, we will host the first meeting with the Men’s Ministry. We pray and hope to create an environment of discipleship and fellowship for the men of St. Patrick Parish.
On August 9th, we will meet with the Parish Pastoral Council. The pastoral council oversees the different ministries and committees and gives advice to the pastor about pastoral initiatives.
I know that it is summer and several of you are taking time off; however, before the busy season of school and fast coming Advent arrive, we need to take time for planning and organizing ministries and committees. I am very pleased to see many of you taking active roles in the different ministries and committees in the parish; and for that, I want to thank you.
God bless St. Patrick’s Church.
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Rev. Johnson Lopez
Father Lopez is Pastor of Saint Patrick Catholic Church in Rochelle, IL.