Dear Parishioners, +JMJ
Are you a people person? Are you a natural born leader? Are you a good organizer? Are you good with details? Do you like to entertain? Do you like providing for an atmosphere of great fun and fellowship? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then the chairperson position for the wine and beer tasting committee could be the perfect fit for you! The leaders of the committee for the past four years – with a great team around them – are ready to hand over the baton to somebody new, who could commit to the next three years of leadership. They have led well and built the event into a real success! This leadership position could be taken over by one person, or by a couple. The current leaders are willing to give plenty of guidance throughout the entire process of accomplishing the next wine and beer tasting evening this coming fall.
I personally think the event is a great one: all three campuses get involved; parishioners invite guests who get to experience our community; there is great fellowship and fun; we get to learn a little bit about new wines and beers; some extra money is raised for a good cause in the parish. Please pray about the possibility of your taking over leadership, and contact me ASAP to talk about the terms of your contract. [Just kidding about the contract! But you certainly are free to put some time limits on your commitment, as need be. We are trying not to pull people into commitments from which they are never able to get free for decades to come.] Thanks in advance for your consideration of this opportunity!
On another note, it was pointed out to me recently on retreat that the “priests prayer of intention” is now included in the newest version of the Roman Missal that we use for Holy Mass. For somebody in my generation, it is particularly inspiring, because in the post-Vatican II days of confusion, we were not taught very much about the Mass. I was taught minimally that it was the re-presentation of Calvary – and even that information was above and beyond what was taught in some other seminaries. Thankfully, I was also taught how St. Thomas Aquinas described the change that happens to the bread and wine, changing it into the Body and Blood of Christ, the transformation we often refer to as “transubstantiation”. Anyhow, with the following prayer that is now in the newest version of the Roman Missal, the priest is reminded what he is about when he celebrates the Mass. I hope you are inspired:
My purpose is to celebrate Mass and to make present the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to the rite of the holy Roman Church, to the praise of our all-powerful God and his assembly in the glory of heaven, for my good and the good of all his pilgrim Church on earth, and for all who have asked me to pray for them in general and in particular, and for the good of the holy Roman Catholic Church.
May the almighty and merciful Lord grant us joy and peace, amendment of life, room for true repentance, the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit, and perseverance in good works. Amen.
Have a blessed week!
In cordibus Iesu et Mariae,