A Note from Fr. Richard

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

May the peace and joy of our Lord Jesus Christ, The Good Shepherd and High Priest, be with you all!   Together we look to this Good Shepherd of ours, this One High Priest of ours, who came not to be served, but “to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many!

Lord Jesus, you laid down your life for me!  How might I offer my life for you this week?  While reflecting on this question in prayer, the following passage from the Gospel of John came to mind

“I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep.”  John 10:14-15


As one who has come to serve, it is Jesus I must look to in prayer!  It is Jesus I must imitate as your priest!  How might I best lay down my life for each one of you?  How might all of us do the same for those we are called to serve in our families, at work, at school, or in the larger community?  By our baptism, we all are called to participate in the priesthood of Jesus Christ (see Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1591).

This past week I participated in the Amazing Parish Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with Ana Quintero, Mary Ann Wheeler, Jeff Schandevel, and Sam Edwards.  Over 200+ parishes from the United States and other countries participated in the conference.  The Amazing Parish Movement seeks to help pastors in their role of leading parishes with a focus on the mission handed down to us all by the Good Shepherd (Matthew 28:19-20).  You can learn more about the conference and watch key video presentations at www.amazingparish.org.

Stay tuned, for more information that will highlight the fruits of this conference and how, with the help of God’s Grace and the willing collaboration of us all, we too can become an Amazing Parish!   This week let us live this passage of Sacred Scripture as an imitation of Jesus Christ – the Good Shepherd and One High Priest – John 13:35!  Count on my continued prayers for each of one you.  Please pray for me.

Your priest and servant in Christ Jesus,

Fr Richard

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