Dear Fellow Disciples,

It gives me great joy to welcome all of you to our new and improved Parish website. I am grateful to those who have made this effort possible. It is my sincere hope that we will use our website to promote our Parish mission to live as Disciples of Jesus.

I hope the website will offer us the opportunity to continue to build up God's Kingdom here on earth and to invite greater participation from all of our Parishioners. One of our parish goals is to build upon the charism of hospitality, one of the pillars of a stewardship Parish. We want parishioners to know they are welcomed and valued, thereby fostering a sense of ownership and personal involvement in living out stewardship day by day.

Who is a true Christian steward? It is one who receives God’s gifts gratefully and cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner. It is one who shares them in justice and love with others and returns them with increase to the Lord. I am most grateful for the stewardship of so many, and I encourage and invite even wider engagement in our mission, which is the mission of Christ Jesus himself.

In our effort to be more welcoming as a Parish family, I call on all of you to take a few moments each Sunday after mass to greet someone in the narthex that you have not met before, welcome them, chat with them for a few moments and make them feel special.

Again, welcome. We are truly blessed to have you and I am confident that we will be enriched by your gifts in our midst. Please do not hesitate to introduce yourself to me after masses and if you would ever like me to come and bless your home, I would be happy to do so. Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI recently said, “Promotion of the practice of stewardship is important for the mission of the Church and for the spiritual well being of each individual Christian. Everyone benefits from the sacrificial gift one makes of his time, talent and treasure.”

May God bless you and yours always.

Yours sincerely in the Risen Lord,

Rev. Msgr. Liam M. Barr, V.F.