The first few weeks at St. Thomas as pastor have been fast and furious. There are many things demanding attention and I have ended many days tired from the change in responsibilities. It feels in many ways like my first year as a priest, when each day was brand new and full of surprises. This past week I have been intentionally slowing the pace, since I know that one can only survive so long on adrenaline.
Last night at our parish pastoral council meeting I shared with our parish leadership my three goals for the parish in the coming year. First, that we find ways to engage in more prayer and to deepen our existing prayer. Second, that we find additional ways to serve those in need. Lastly, that we create a “culture of sharing” in the parish where everyone is invited to use their gifts fully and that leadership opportunities are continually shared.
My own hope for the coming weeks is to find time to reflect upon specific ways these three goals might be accomplished this year at St. Thomas. We have a solid foundation to build upon. Now is the time to take the steps to build an even stronger community of faith.