Lightening Things Up
Led by Dave Haupt, the Spade Bridage & volunteers completed the landscaping at the parish rectory on Sat. June 30th, on one of the hottest, most humid days of the year. It looks beautiful! Thank you to all those who contributed time, elbow grease and funding to keep our ground beautiful!
We encourage you to drive by and see all their hard work!
“Uniting the Women of Resurrection Parish through Spiritual, Service and Social Activities.”
Women’s Guild is currently restructuring and redefining its leadership needs. We are looking for individuals to fill the following roles:
o Secretary – Record minutes at quarterly Executive Committee meetings. Maintain membership/volunteer lists.
o At-Large Members (2) – Attend quarterly Executive Committee meetings and help with WG activities as needed.
If you are interested or would like more information, contact Mary Meisinger (President) @ 920-337-6699, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event Coordinators: (A list of volunteers will be provided to each coordinator after the WG volunteer mailing in fall.)
o Holiday Bake Sale Coordinator - Dec.1-2, 2018
o Autumn Fest Bake Sale Coordinator - beginning 2019
o Mother’s Day Flower Distribution Coordinator – May 12, 2019
o Hospitality Coordinator
Coordinate volunteers for various hospitality events as requested by the Parish.(examples: WG Coffee & Donuts, Anointing Mass Meal)
o Bakers List Coordinator
Maintain list of bakers & call volunteers to fill baking requests as needed.
o “Celebrate Spring” - Luncheon & Raffle Co-Chair
Coordinate “themed tablescape” sponsors and designers.
If you are interested or would like more information, contact Kathy Dax @ 920-621-9812, email@example.com, or Betsy Meller @ 920-338-9252, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please prayerfully consider these opportunities to get involved & make a difference in our Parish Community.
Are you curious about the Catholic Faith? Do you have questions you would
like ask? I am Rosemary Baloun, the coordinator of the RCIA process and
would love to sit with you to give you an opportunity to ask your questions. Please feel free to call me at 336-7768 Ext. 152 or e-mail me at email@example.com to find a time when we can meet.
RCIA/ADULT CONFIRMATION ALUMNI
We are updating our Alumni List to include individuals who are Resurrection
parishioners who prepared and celebrated the sacraments in other parishes,
other cities and other states. If you are that person, please email Rosemary Baloun firstname.lastname@example.org with the year, parish name and city you were
received into the church. We want to be sure you are invited to an Alumni
Picnic this summer. Thank you!
People of the Resurrection...
Continuing this week – the 2nd installment of the “New Pastor’s Impressions”, from the Annual Parish Meeting. It’s in the context of a SWOT Analysis: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
This week – opportunities and threats…
…from the perspective of a new pastor, with both fresh eyes, ‘other’ experiences and very limited experience here at Resurrection.
- Our being in a period of “transition” offers a chance for additional perspective, renewal and continuing growth (“Continuing Conversion”, as Norbertines would say.) in the Lord. I suppose it could also be seen as a threat; each of us has to decide about that.
- A realistic attitude, on the part of the Diocese (us as well?) to ‘face the facts’ regarding declining membership & participation…viewing them as challenges and chances for growth.
- The re-focus, on the part of the Diocese, on a “Christ-Centered” approach to our being the Church – i.e. “Do you know Jesus?”
- The Alpha Program for small group faith-sharing has enormous potential, having reached 1.7 billion folks world-wide already!
- Continued & increasing cooperation & collaboration with diocesan initiatives, St. Matthew’s and other cluster parishes & St. Norbert Abbey offers broadened vision, beyond our own limited vantage point.
- Resistance to “gracefully surrendering the things of youth” (Desiderata - 1927) …staff,
- customs, patterns, personal preferences, styles, so that our parish family can grow forward, from the good, and toward what’s still unfinished in us. (i.e. -“We’ve always done it, and done it this way.”)
- A shallow pool of potential participants in ministry, committee work and leadership.
- “Theological polarization”
- Present disengagement of many of our high school aged members and young adults.
- Insufficient energy & impetus to go to the marginalized for Evangelization.
Far from being the ‘whole story’, they are pieces which ‘stand out’ when looking with ‘new eyes’. How would you list our opportunities & threats? Perhaps another bit of ‘homework’ for these summer weeks?
In all of it, we trust…
“God will bless us...EVERY one”!
Look at this beautiful witness found in our Blessed Sacrament Chapel today. In a child’s handwriting it reads, “Jesus, I offer my shoes to you.”
“but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”