So often when I meet former parishioners and they ask which parish I’m at, and I say Annunciation, they usually say something about it being an active parish. I always say that it is a wonderful parish with many good things happening.
We are truly blessed!
However, we can also state the obvious that growing an engaged parish in these times is a challenge. The Tsunami of Secularism is upon us, and in order to grow as a parish every parishioner must take on the exhortation of Pope Francis to become a ‘Missionary Disciple’.
This is our baptismal identity!
As missionary disciples, we do well to practice Stewardship as a way of life giving thanks to God for his gifts, and sharing them generously. In our desire to share generously of our Time, Talent and Treasure our giving back to God and to others needs to be planned, intentional and proportionate.
The Parish Pastoral and Stewardship Councils have attempted to do this by engaging in a Pastoral Strategic Planning Process. This document — Our Pastoral Strategy — is the first fruit of that process, one which we hope will guide and focus all our efforts on our continuing goal of becoming an engaged parish.
This Pastoral Strategy is but the beginning. We invite you as Disciples into this Process.
Father Yves Marchildon,
Pastor, Annunciation of the Lord Parish
April 27, 2014