3rd Sunday of Advent

A NEW YEAR BEGINS. . .

We are now halfway between two New Year celebrations:  December 1 as the beginning of the Church year and January 1 as the beginning of the calendar year.  Thus, it seems a fitting time to share to provide an update on the parish as part of our ongoing stewardship conversation. 

As you know, under my direction, Michael Rayfield presented a financial update to the parish, as the chair of the Finance Committee, in late September.  During that presentation, he spoke of the “opportunity” the parish has to define what sort of parish it would like to be.  He asked you to make your wishes known through your contributions and desire to participate in ministry.

The response has been positive.  Though there is always more we can do, parishioners have responded well with time, talents and monies as well as many comments to me.  Based on what I have heard from you, I am happy to inform you of two exciting developments that are now being implemented:

The first is the addition of a new full-time Social and Community Coordinator position.  The focus of this position is to do a better job at following through with everyone who comes through our doors with a particular focus on those in the surrounding condos and the people who come for marriage, RCIA and other sacraments.  This is a response to what I have heard since I arrived:  St. Basil’s is wonderful about hospitality, but like all parishes, we have struggled with the follow through.  Especially now that I am the only full-time priest at the parish, it is necessary to have help with this aspect of parish life. 

The second development is the installation of a new sound system.  I have heard a frequent and regular litany of complaints about the sound in the church.  Consultants have confirmed these difficulties, and so we are installing a completely new system.  After all, our role is to proclaim, which we cannot do very well if we don’t have the right tools to do so.

So let me express my gratitude since both of these improvements are a direct response to your voice and deed.  I ask that you continue your support knowing that we strive to be active and careful stewards of the gifts you give.  Please continue to share your concerns with me, knowing that I will do all I can to respond.  Lastly, please continue to pray for me as I certainly do for each of you.