Guided by the Holy Spirit, Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Parish is a Eucharistic community that seeks to live the Word of God, instill the legacy of faith, and proclaim the love of Christ through service to all.
September 21, 2014
Second Sunday Sitting Smashing Success;
On to Africa
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Last Sunday’s Second Sunday Sitting was a smashing success. At 6:30 p.m. I called 2749 parishioners inviting them to participate in a parish town hall Teleforum™. 788 parishioners answered their phone. 505 parishioners stayed on the line for at least 90 seconds. At one point there were 298 parishioners simultaneously participating in the Teleforum™. Parishioners stayed on the line an average of 27 minutes. Participants were able to ask questions; I was able to field 15 calls. I asked three poll questions to get a sense of what is on parishioners’ minds and what they wanted to discuss in future Teleform™. 37% said they would like the next Second Sunday Sitting to be about living the faith in one’s school and work place; 41% indicated they would like to learn more and discuss the church’s teaching on marriage, divorce, and remarriage; 44% said they are most challenged to live the Christian life in the area of the church’s social justice teachings regarding the economy, war, and immigration.
If you missed the forum or would like to hear it again, or if you would like to see the full poll results, go to http://vekeo.buzz/secondsundaysitting0914. You can also sign up and ensure your participation in October’s Second Sunday Sitting, on 10/12, at http://vekeo.buzz/secondsundaysitting1012. Families, friends, and neighbors are all invited to join us—Catholic and non-Catholic alike.
I am grateful to Broadnet for making this technology available to us so that our parish can more and more proclaim Christ to one another and build up our community.
And now, on to Africa. Our Lady of Loreto Parish is hosting its inaugural gala the evening of October 4. The theme of the gala is Out of Africa. This fundraising gala consists of an opportunity to enjoy a cocktail or two while visiting with fellow parishioners and participating in a silent auction, enjoy a nice dinner, and participate in a live auction. All proceeds raised from the event go to support our parish’s religious education and faith formation ministries, for example, helping youth to make the World Youth Day pilgrimage, to participate in the annual March for Life in Washington DC, or make a mission trip; providing supplies and materials for our religious education classes and youth and faith formation ministries; helping students in our grade school with scholarships, schooling materials, field trips, etc. In other words, the gala is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy fellowship with fellow parishioners as well as support our children and youth to learn Christ, proclaim Christ, and serve their brothers and sisters in Christ. You can purchase tickets after Masses this weekend and next, or log on to our parish web site and click the 2014 Wings button.
Mark your calendars for the annual blessing of the animals on October 4.
I am on retreat this weekend until Friday. Thank you for your prayers and be assured of mine.