Fr. Chris' Article - February 2, 2020

Jan 31, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we well know (or at least as a priest, I am well aware), the Church is facing many challenges and struggles at this time. Clerical abuse, financial difficulties, declining membership, people vacating for various reasons, and a general lack of understanding and catechesis amongst many of the faithful name just a few of the big ones. To be frank, many of these things can be attributed to a failure of leadership on many levels. Just as we know from watching secular news, all too often, we concentrate on the bad and fail to recognize the good that we do have.

In addition, we do have so much that is good here in the diocese. One of those great goods is our chief shepherd. I’ve talked about this multiple times before, but we are supremely blessed to have Joseph Siegel as our bishop. I’m not saying this because I am a company man. I say this because it is true, and the included picture of our bishop praying with our kids speaks to that.

Some time ago our youth minister, Wade Lovell (himself fantastic) had the foresight to ask the bishop if he would be willing to come to talk to our youth group for a Q&A session. This was not just because our Confirmation Mass is coming up, but just for the edification of all of our youth. He graciously gave us a slot out of his extremely full schedule this last Wednesday night. In fact, for nearly three hours he celebrated Mass for the kids and then answered their many unscripted questions very candidly. How many bishops have the time to be able to do this for a parish youth group? Not many. How many are willing to make the sacrifices to make it happen? Even fewer. We have a bishop that is able and willing to go to those lengths for us, and that is something to be profoundly grateful for! Let us always support him with prayer!

In Christ our High Priest,

-Fr. Chris

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