Continued Easter Blessings to all of you!
This time of year we find ourselves witnessing over and over again the Paschal Mystery in action. We experience Easter joy in celebrations of graduations, retirements, new jobs, and last days of school. Yet each is tinged with hints of the Cross in the sadness of saying goodbyes, facing fears of change, wrestling with the tension of transitions.
Our parishes, too, experience the heartache of Good Friday and the victory of the Resurrection when we undergo times of transition and change. This is the time of year when pastors are reassigned, staff resigns or retires, and offices evaluate the past and plan for the future. Yet we hope in the Holy Spirit to breathe life and fire into what’s to come so that we can continue to be witnesses to the ends of the earth!
Indeed, there is much good to come! The four Catholic parishes of Waterloo are thrilled to roll out a unified faith formation plan beginning this July.
Familiarize yourself with the information in this insert, engage your Faith Formation Reps in conversation after Mass on June 7-8, and be a witness to this growth to your neighbors. Your continued openness, support, and prayers for these new initiatives will be key to the success of Catholic faith formation in Waterloo.
Let us take the message of the Paschal Mystery and the feast of the Ascension and get to work, hearts enlightened by the Spirit of Wisdom, to make disciples of all nations!
Blessings in moving forward,
Fr. Tom McDermott, Blessed Sacrament Parish
Fr. David Ambrose, Queen of Peace Parish
Fr. Ken Stecher, Sacred Heart Parish
Fr. Jerry Kopacek, St. Edward Parish
June 1, 2014.
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