A Note from Fr. Gary -
“There are different gifts but the same Spirit; there are different ministries but the same Lord.” That quote from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 12:4) is the inspiration for the document that guides governance in parishes and on the Archdiocesan level here in the Catholic Church in Western Washington. The document, Many Gifts, One Spirit, describes a vision of Church governance, both local and universal, that emerged from the Second Vatican Council.
The document begins by describing the unique nature of Church governance: “This …document does not focus on power and authority as may commonly be experienced in government or business. Instead, this document is based on attitudes of trust in each other, belief in the power of the Holy Spirit working among us, and the exercise of authority as a ministry of service. These attitudes promote appropriate shared responsibility for the mission of the Church and work to build consensus and commitment as called for in Church governance and our tradition as a Roman Catholic community of faith” (Many Gifts, One Spirit, p. 5).
Both at the parish and Archdiocesan level, governance is a shared responsibility between bishops, priests and lay leaders. On the parish level, councils and commissions serve as consultative bodies that offer advice to the pastor on areas of parish life.
At St. Joseph, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Our Lady Star of the Sea, parishioners share their time and talent to advise me about an overall vision of parish life, as well specific areas of ministry. We are completing a discernment process at St. Thomas for new leadership, and I am grateful for the folks who have stepped forward, as well as those who serve at Star of the Sea and St. Joseph.
For those of you who may be considering joining us for our pilgrimage to Ireland next summer (July 8-17, 2018), there will be an information meeting today (this Sunday, August 13) at 2:00 pm in the Parish Hall at St. Joseph.
Next weekend we will celebrate Samoya Sunday at St. Joseph, and welcome back to our parish, Fr. Christopher, pastor of our sister parish, St. Bernadette in Samoya, Kenya. Fr. Christopher will give the parishioners of St. Joseph an update on life at St. Bernadette and we will take up a special collection to continue to support our brothers and sisters at this thriving parish in Kenya.
Next Sunday, August 20, is also our Annual Parish Picnic at Our Lady Star of the Sea. A reminder to our parishioners in Stevenson, Mass begins at 10:00AM next Sunday, followed by our parish picnic. I look forward to this annual gathering, made possible by generous folks at Star of the Sea. I am also grateful for the many people who made last week’s parish picnic at
St. Thomas Aquinas, and the picnic the week before that at
St. Joseph such wonderful experiences of community.
Finally, this is the last weekend that Deacon Justin Ryan will be with us before heading back to complete his fourth year of theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois. Deacon Ryan has touched all three of our communities this summer with his insightful preaching at weekday and Sunday Masses, as well as his joyful spirit. He has brought a wonderful curiosity to his pastoral assignment with us this year. We wish him God’s blessings and assure him of our prayers as he moves toward ordination to the priesthood next June at St. James Cathedral.
Fr. Gary Lazzeroni