What can I say, but a huge Thank you! to each and every one of you who were involved in any way in our Sestercentennial celebrations last Sunday. Everything was splendid, from the 11:00 AM Mass with Bishops Fabbro and Dabrowski to the Gala Luncheon at the Caboto Club. My heart is overflowing with gratitude to you all. This is a marvellous parish, and it is such a blessing for me to be a part of it all. Biblioasis was at the luncheon for the launch of 250 Years of Assumption Parish. This is an excellent photo history of our parish. We will have copies on sale at the church, as well as the parish office, for only $20. If you were at the gala you also saw a trailer of the documentary on the parish that Salt + Light Television is producing. Those should be released next month, and DVDs will be available for only $10.
I am thankful to Bishop Fabbro for accepting Paul Mullins’ offer to conduct a thorough study of the pastoral needs of the West Side of Windsor, and where we might go as a parish. I, for one, am tired of being “in limbo”, wondering whether we will ever restore Assumption Church, or whether we are at Holy Name of Mary for good. This study will bring an answer to our questions, and I am looking forward to having clarity. Please pray for Mr. Mullins and the work that he is doing, so that the Holy Spirit may guide us in our ways. If you have not yet received a copy of the Bishop’s statement, and would like one, they are available at the back of the church or at the parish office.
Regardless of where our permanent parish home(s) may be, we are called to constant conversion. For the third weekend in a row, Matthew’s gospel presents us with Jesus’ parables concerning our need for putting God’s love into practice. I remember hearing a while back that going to church on Sunday doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in the garage makes you a car. Although coming to church is important, and nourishes us for the work of being a Christian, Jesus makes it clear that just calling ourselves Christian isn’t enough. I pray that each of us may hear Jesus’ challenge to truly live his teachings, helping to make Assumption be known as a beacon of hope and life in West Windsor.