Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I write to you at this time to express my deepest gratitude for the kind gifts of your prayers and the support you offered to me through your words and for some who took the long trip up to Erie to help celebrate my mom’s new life in Christ. These memories of kindness, and compassion I hope to take with me, when I too will be called into heaven’s embrace.
When I last wrote to share with you my intent to step down due to numerous medical issues, I wanted to offer some assurance that the new recommended pastor will continue the good work being done in the areas of parish unity and inclusion along the areas of leadership, faith formation, communication, outreach service, and youth ministry. It is only by the Bishop’s approval that he will be able to assume the mantle of pastor leadership, ministry and service. Fr. Stephen Grozio, C.M. the provincial of the Eastern Province has recommended to Bishop Peter Jugis the following men for approval: Fr. John (Jack) Timlin, C.M. as your new but experienced former pastor. To assist him and you, the parishioners, newly ordained Fr. Erik Sanchez, C.M. will also come to serve and minister to you. Many of you already know Fr. Jack. Fr. Erik Sanchez was our deacon last summer and helped form the Outreach Committee. He is young and ready to assume the responsibilities of priesthood ministry. Fr. Jack is also very happy to be able to return and serve once again at St. Mary’s. Upon approval by Bishop Jugis, Fr. Sanchez is expected to arrive in mid-June and Fr. Jack in mid-August. In coming to know who might continue the faith journey with you, I pray can lessen the anxiety that some of you may feel and know that you can be in good spiritual hands. May you be blessed by the Lord as you have blessed others with your faith, hope, and love.
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The divine meaning of unity
What makes us one with our brothers and sisters of the faith, i.e., people who love and follow the same Lord, Jesus Christ?
We can have many differences and still have unity. We can have conflicts among the people who serve God in parish staffs and ministries, and still have unity. We can disagree with the non-Catholic beliefs of our Protestant kin and still have Christian unity.
Jesus prayed for this unity, as we see in the Sunday’s Gospel reading for the seventh Sunday of Easter. Are we the answer to his prayer? Or are we working against him?
Being one in the Lord does not require getting rid of everything that divides us from each other. Rather, it comes from recognizing that we stand on common ground as we worship Christ, no matter how differently we worship him.
The spirit of unity is the appreciation of what we have in common. It’s the recognition that we are individually members of the same body and that we need each other so that the Body of Christ on earth functions well.
Being one in the Lord Jesus means being different than the rest of the world. Our unity comes from belonging to the kingdom of God rather than to the kingdom of darkness and evil. And this unity is strengthened by purging ourselves of sin — individually and as a body.
Jesus said to the Father, “I gave them your word, and the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world.”
All those who love, follow, and serve Jesus, regardless of their denominational affiliations, are all members of the same family, the Holy Family. We live together on the same side of the cross, which is resurrection and eternal life.
However, when we allow ourselves to sin, thinking as the world thinks, with prejudices and judgmentalism and condemnation toward other Christians, we divide ourselves not only from our brothers and sisters but also from God’s kingdom of love. We break the unity for which Jesus prayed.
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