Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As we conclude the Christmas Season with today’s Feast of the Lord’s Baptism, I take this opportunity to thank all of our parishioners who prepared for the Christmas Season. From those who prepared the church and grounds to our ministers and musicians, our liturgies were uplifting and many commented on the festive spirit. I also extend my sincere thanks to all who assisted with the Advent Giving Tree project (over 400 items were donated) as well as those who helped distribute gift cards to families in need. Nearly $9,000 in gift cards were distributed thanks to our partner parishes, especially Saint Mary in Mentor, who donated over $6,000 worth.
If you have not had the opportunity to participate in one of the five synodal listening sessions here at Saint Patrick and Saint Malachi, don’t hesitate to check neighboring parishes as they may still have remaining sessions. Your input and reflection is valuable.
As we bring a conclusion to the synodal process, we will be resuming with our Building with Living Stones initiative which includes reflecting upon the results from the parish survey conducted last fall. I will be sharing with the parish a pastoral summary of majors themes while working with various leadership groups as we address specific information helpful in their role of service to our parish.
While the Omicron variant presently has us pulling back on some in-person activities, please be advised that Saint Patrick parish will continue to observe all current safety protocols including the wearing of masks, sanitizing of hands, and offering special seating for those who wish to observe social distancing. These practices will continue for our liturgies as well as any other in-person gathering that remains in place. Thank you for your ongoing patience and cooperation as we create an environment that is both safe and welcoming. Be assured of my continued prayers for you and your loved ones throughout the New Year.
Yours in Christ the Eternal Word,