Dearly beloved disciples of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
On behalf of our community, the Companions of the Cross, I would like to thank you for your prayers as we met last week at our general assembly. You may be thinking, “what is a general assembly?”. Every 6sixyears, our entire community gathers together to seek God’s wisdom on where we are at as a community and where God wants us to go. We meet each day and discuss many important areas in need of discernment. We make important decisions by voting on these topics of discussion. At the end of the week, we elect our new general superior and his executive council who will lead or community for the next six years. They are responsible for implementing the decisions we discerned collectively as a united body. Please continue to keep our newly elected leaders in your prayers.
As a parish, we are currently entering into a similar process. For the past six months, we have been praying a prayer at Mass to unleash the Gospel and to be sent on mission as joyful missionary disciples. We have been specifically praying for an openness to the Holy Spirit and for the grace to faithfully be obedient to God’s will for our parish. The founder of the Companions of the Cross, Fr. Bob Bedard, always said, “the only thing worth doing is the will of God”. We are now in the process of beginning a formal period of discernment as a parish community. We will be specifically discerning what God’s will is for St. Scholastica Parish for the next 5 years.
As part of this discernment, our newly elected parish council will be leading us in a period of seeking wisdom from God. They will be conducting a survey of the entire parish that will indicate where we are at individually and collectively. The results of this survey will then be taken to prayer as data for discernment to help us determine what direction God wants us to take as a parish.
On Saturday, March 14th, the entire parish will be invited to a day of prayer and discernment to seek God’s wisdom and to pray for His will. We will be asking the Lord what He wants for this parish. We will all be writing down what God puts on our hearts. The results of the survey combined with the results of the day of prayerful discernment will help to determine the vision and mission for St. Scholastica for the next 5 years.
This process works if we take it seriously. God already has a plan for each of our lives and for our parish. The challenge is taking the time out of our busy lives to listen to Him and hear what His plan is for us. Fr. Bob also taught us to wait upon the Lord…to do whatever He tells us to do. Over the next few months, we will be doing a lot of waiting and listening. Trust me, if we take this process seriously, The Lord will give us a plan and we can expect really good things to happen in the future here at St. Scholastica.
Friends, be assured of my prayers for each of you, and please pray for our newly elected parish council, our leadership team, and for me daily.
Your brother in Christ,
Fr. Jim Lowe, CC