Our vision drives specific steps, programming and ministry that we’ll undertake as a parish. So what is our vision? We aim to create a parish culture which supports, encourages and challenges everyone to cultivate a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In this modern secular world it’s not enough to know about Jesus. We need to know Jesus. There’s a big difference between knowing about someone and knowing someone. We want everyone to understand Jesus as someone each of us knows as a friend, as Savior, as the one person above all other persons who is the way, the truth, and the life.
We aim to generate among children the same sort of excitement and passion in Church, and in Church related activities, that our youth exhibit over sports, consumerism, and social media—excitement and passion generated all because they, too, know Jesus.
We aim to create a parish culture which makes the weekend experience here something that draws people in because it is life-giving and attractive with a warm welcome, hospitality, different styles of music and strong homilies—an experience that they can take with them throughout the rest of the week, an experience that they look forward to each weekend.
All we do in the week should anticipate the Eucharist so that the weekend experience of the Mass is the high point, the place where we gather to praise and worship God for all the good he has done for us in Christ.
We are aiming to create a parish culture characterized by hospitality, a welcoming attitude that invites others to walk with us on the journey of life no matter who they are—because God accepts us all, for God made us all in the image and likeness of God.
The work of transforming this parish according to this vision will take years. We’ve started. Let’s look on this as a gift from God, an opportunity to be the kind of loving, gracious, challenging faith-filled community that God intends us to be.
We will continue to roll out specific changes as part of all this. Change like this isn’t easy. But it is the only way forward that makes any kind of sense for us. As God says in Scripture, See? I make all things new!
Thank you for being the gifted and believing brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ, eager to pursue the best way forward for Divine Mercy parish as we make disciples, build church and serve others!
— Fr. Steve
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