Before sharing with you about the substance of these meetings, I'd like to share about a particular blessing... one from today and over these last few months. Some time back, as it was relevant to the readings, I preached about being community and mentioned that for every nice / affirmative / constructive comment through email, phone or in person... there are 9 more negative ones (a generalization but true in its balance) and I have to admit, there was a bit of rush on negative comments in the first couple of months. Today was interesting in this regard. I first received a beautiful note and a tasty treat that blessed and encouraged me very much (Thank you, if you're reading this). I then received by email a very angry note, and after I responded as charitably and constructively as I could)... it was followed by another email, from the gentleman, which was full of vinegar and personal insults. I truly feel bad for that guy, and definitely prayed for him. But, my real point in bringing this up is to say that over these past few months the balance has shifted and there are many more upbeat positive notes and interactions and a real energy of desire to be part of building an amazing community of faith. I have been very blessed by it all and very encouraged. I can't promise not to make any mistakes but I do realize that at times a critical comment (no matter how its delivered) can be pointing out a truth that needs to be addressed, and I can promise to do all it takes to continue to grow in holiness as a man and in so doing to grow in wisdom and ability as a Priest and Pastor.
So, on with the juicy stuff...
The Finance Council had a good meeting recently... we discussed a lot of things, but I think maybe we need to meet more often or spend less time reviewing past information... (thinking out loud).
There were two or three major items for discussion.
The Stewardship Committee had a long and productive meeting! They were also excited to share many great ideas for reinvigorating the parish! Much of the discussion was about the upcoming annual Bishops Appeal and how we will approach the process this year. But a lot of time was also spent on ideas related to our Hospitality toward and Welcoming of folks who are not regulars of the Basilica as well as various ways in which we can continue to become a much more vibrant and active parish community. We talked about building on the good that is already happening and introducing new ways for us to grow in faith and action. Stay tuned for more specifics, and read the 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time 'Weekly Announcements' on this website for a little more information right now! :)
Thank you to all the members of our parish who so generously give of their time and talents in these groups as well as the Parish Council!
From time to time, the Pastoral Leaders of the Parish Community post Homilies, Parish Updates, Commentary or Faith Formation Reflections.
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
121 East Duval Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202