August 2018 Column

Dear friends,

While the summer affords us a slower pace when we get a needed respite from the busyness of the activities of the parish, there has nevertheless been much activity here at Holy Cross. Most significantly, we welcomed Father John as our new associate pastor, or parochial vicar in the official church parlance. Father John brings not only his much appreciated skills in preaching and other areas of pastoral ministry but also a firm desire to contribute to the growth and success of our parish. He will make a great contribution to our parish community in the years ahead. Fortunately, we didn’t need to bid farewell to Father Ed, who is now priest in residence at Holy Cross. Father Ed will continue to preside, preach, and assist with sacraments and other pastoral ministry, but on a more limited basis, affording him more time to pursue his personal ministerial interests. For example, as you’ll see in today’s bulletin, he will be offering a Read & Pray Discussion Series this fall, and hopes to offer another adult catechesis program in the spring. We were fortunate to have seminarian Tom Bodart, C.S.C., with us for several weeks this summer. As I mentioned in my homily last weekend, Tom both enjoyed and benefitted from his time here at Holy Cross Parish. I believe he will be a great advocate for the parish among the seminarians studying at Notre Dame as they contemplate future ministerial placements. A major summer project was the development of our new parish website, which is announced in today’s bulletin. It is a much needed improvement over our old website. It was a time-consuming project, but an important one that will attract families new to South Bend searching for a vibrant parish. Our school board recently held a retreat day in which we discussed the ongoing development of our school with its related needs, and most importantly began planning for this year’s re-accreditation process and strategic planning mandated by the diocese. The school staff kept busy this summer continuing to register more students for this year’s academic year. Many of our classes are now at full capacity, a great harbinger for the future of our school. Major construction took place in the school this summer with walls taken down and new walls erected in order to ready certain classrooms for the expansion of our traditional and dual-immersion Pre-K and Kindergarten classes. Major construction also took place in the basement of the Smith Parish Center with a new wall creating two large rooms, in addition to smaller rooms already existent, for the expansion of our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd faith formation program, which will gradually involve our school children in the program. If you park in the lot behind the church, you surely noticed the colorful games created by Elizabeth Mellor for her Girl Scout Gold Award Project. She canvassed the school children to decide what games they most desired. They will surely enjoy them during recess this coming year. Our parish participated in the Bringing Our Community Together Rally on July 20th. I have been involved in several community meetings this summer, including a meeting with local pastors, police and city officials concerning the epidemic of synthetic drugs in our neighborhood, a meeting at the Near Northwest Neighborhood Community Center on community organizing and the Faith in Indiana public action to be held here at Holy Cross, and related meetings. That’s a brief summary of the “quiet” summer we’ve had here at Holy Cross. The busyness of the year soon arrives with the beginning of the school year and the resumption of the various parish programs and activities. I’m looking forward to beginning my first full year as pastor. In the meantime I’ll be visiting my mom, family and friends in New York for the next several days. I will come back refreshed and renewed for all the exciting activity that awaits us this coming year. I hope you, too, have been rejuvenated this summer so that you’re ready to participate fully in the life of our parish this year.

In Christ,

Father Jim

Dear friends,

While the summer affords us a slower pace when we get a needed respite from the busyness of the activities of the parish, there has nevertheless been much activity here at Holy Cross.

Most significantly, we welcomed Father John as our new associate pastor, or parochial vicar in the official church parlance.  Father John brings not only his much-appreciated skills in preaching and other areas of pastoral ministry but also a firm desire to contribute to the growth and success of our parish.  He will make a great contribution to our parish community in the years ahead.  Fortunately, we didn’t need to bid farewell to Father Ed, who is now priest in residence at Holy Cross.  Father Ed will continue to preside, preach, and assist with sacraments and other pastoral ministry, but on a more limited basis, affording him more time to pursue his personal ministerial interests.  For example, as you’ll see in today’s bulletin, he will be offering a Read & Pray Discussion Series this fall and hopes to offer another adult catechesis program in the spring.

We were fortunate to have seminarian Tom Bodart, C.S.C., with us for several weeks this summer.  As I mentioned in my homily last weekend, Tom both enjoyed and benefitted from his time here at Holy Cross Parish.  I believe he will be a great advocate for the parish among the seminarians studying at Notre Dame as they contemplate future ministerial placements.

A major summer project was the development of our new parish website, which is announced in today’s bulletin.  It is a much-needed improvement over our old website.  It was a time-consuming project, but an important one that will attract families new to South Bend searching for a vibrant parish.

Our school board recently held a retreat day in which we discussed the ongoing development of our school with its related needs, and most importantly began planning for this year’s re-accreditation process and strategic planning mandated by the diocese.  The school staff kept busy this summer continuing to register more students for this year’s academic year.  Many of our classes are now at full capacity, a great harbinger for the future of our school.  Major construction took place in the school this summer with walls taken down and new walls erected in order to ready certain classrooms for the expansion of our traditional and dual-immersion Pre-K and Kindergarten classes.

Major construction also took place in the basement of the Smith Parish Center with a new wall creating two large rooms, in addition to smaller rooms already existent, for the expansion of our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd faith formation program, which will gradually involve our school children in the program.

If you park in the lot behind the church, you surely noticed the colorful games created by Elizabeth Mellor for her Girl Scout Gold Award Project.  She canvassed the school children to decide what games they most desired.  They will surely enjoy them during recess this coming year.

Our parish participated in the Bringing Our Community Together Rally on July 20th.  I have been involved in several community meetings this summer, including a meeting with local pastors, police and city officials concerning the epidemic of synthetic drugs in our neighborhood, a meeting at the Near Northwest Neighborhood Community Center on community organizing and the Faith in Indiana public action to be held here at Holy Cross, and related meetings.

That’s a brief summary of the “quiet” summer we’ve had here at Holy Cross.  The busyness of the year soon arrives with the beginning of the school year and the resumption of the various parish programs and activities.  I’m looking forward to beginning my first full year as pastor.  In the meantime, I’ll be visiting my mom, family and friends in New York for the next several days.  I will come back refreshed and renewed for all the exciting activity that awaits us this coming year.  I hope you, too, have been rejuvenated this summer so that you’re ready to participate fully in the life of our parish this year.

In Christ,

Father Jim