January 21-22, 2017

One of my favorite parish events is just around the corner: our adult volunteer appreciation dinner on February 3rd. We have been reminding our volunteers to sign up for the past two weekends. I am always thankful for you who expand the ministry of the parish through your hard work. I know I am speaking for our entire staff when I say this.

This coming Wednesday we celebrate the episcopal ordination of two new auxiliary bishops: Robert J. Fisher and Gerard W. Battersby. I plan to attend the ordination. Due to the limited seating at the cathedral, the ordination mass will be streamed through the AOD website, making the service available to everyone who would like to see it.

I have been reflecting upon the gospel for this Sunday, about four fishermen who are abruptly summoned to a different life through their encounter with Jesus. So has it been for all who follow Jesus. Both Fr. Fisher and Fr. Battersby will be leading much different lives in the years ahead. Let us keep them in our prayers.

And speaking of following Christ, our second phase of ChristLife has 23 participants registered. As I write this on an icy Tuesday morning, it is unclear whether or not we will have to cancel, but I know that everyone who takes part in the sessions will be greatly enriched.