A Letter from our Pastor
I invite you to become a fully engaged disciple of Christ and discover your God given gifts received by virtue of your baptism. The Second Vatican Council called the Church to read the “signs of the times” and it is clear we face challenging times in the world and in the Church today. Yet, it is not a time to not pull back but a time to launch out into the deep waters of faith - there are many still waiting and needing to hear the good news of Jesus Christ. It is the Church’s task to reflect the face of Christ in every historical period and to make his face shine before the generations of the new millennium. Here at St. Thomas Aquinas/Canadian Martyrs that is our mission and task as we contemplate the face of Christ together. We are a community of disciples called to be good stewards of God’s gifts.
In this booklet you will find an overview of the many programs and ministries that provide opportunities to serve as an engaged disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ in our parish. This booklet is not just information but an “invitation” to take personal ownership of the mission of the Church. It is an invitation to become personally active in our parish by giving of your time, talent and treasure. It is my ardent hope that with the help of this booklet you may discern a particular ministry or program through which the Lord is calling you to share your gifts. We can build up our parish and community by bringing Christ to others; being a reflection of His love, His grace and His mercy. Your sharing of your gifts may be through one or all of the following:
- A concrete service to the parish on a committee or with an outreach program
- A commitment to grow in your own personal relationship with the Lord and your Catholic faith by participating in one of our adult faith formation programs
- A commitment to one of our prayer ministries to intercede for the needs of our parish and the world with a group or home by yourself
It is my prayer, in this critical time in history, that our parish may be a strong community of disciples and through its many programs and ministries reflect the face of the Risen Lord.
Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Mark Cherry