03.27.16: A day of new beginnings


Bulletin column for St. Mary's Parish in Griffith, Ind.

My dear friends in Christ,

When I was but a wee lad, I loved Christmas. The presents, the party, the decorations, the presents, family – it was my favorite time of year. But then something happened in high school.

It was the Easter season. I was sitting in the last pew when my uncle Stas poked me in the back with the collection basket. “Here, you’re an usher now,” he said in a raspy, fading voice. Suddenly, I found myself as an usher at every 11 a.m. Mass. Then I started reading at Mass, then joined the choir, then years later I found myself entering a seminary.

That Easter season, God planted someone in my path that forever changed the course of my life. That Easter season was a new beginning for me, and this Easter season can be your new beginning. Just as the snow melts away and the tulip bulbs begin to spring from the earth, we too are called to share in the Resurrection of Christ, through renewing our life, through becoming the person God has planned us to be. Now is the time. This is the place.

For those of you who have been away for a while, welcome home. We’re glad you’re with us. We’ve missed you. We’re happy you’re back. We look forward to getting reacquainted.

For those of you who have been sitting on the sidelines for a while, we’re looking for starters – and we want you! Use this Easter season as an opportunity to get more involved in ministry in tis community. Maybe you’d like to read at Mass, or join the choir or one of our music groups, or volunteer as an usher or an altar server. Maybe you’re retired and have some extra time and you’d like to volunteer to help Family Services. Now is the time. If you don’t know where to turn or you need some help figuring out where you can help use your gifts, I’m at your disposal. You can call the rectory or email me at jburton@usml.edu. I’d be glad to journey with you.

Let your light shine!

Jeff


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