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A Precious Blood Understanding for the Parish

Fr. Alan Hartway, C.PP.S

I want to share with you the ways in which St. Mary's Parish works in the context of a Precious Blood ecclesiology. It begins with the vision of lay leadership. Several phrases of the pastoral council vision statement always stand out to me as examples of a Precious Blood spirit of thinking: "becoming a community of service," "developing each person's ministry," "in our eucharistic gatherings," "bringing us deeper union," "providing comfort in sorrow," and "confirming our hope."

One of the ways that we keep our priority on the ministry of the Word is the decision to have a parish mission every year in Spanish and English. As ministers of the gospel and the Word, we emphasize and are committed to providing for catechist training and certification.

Here at St. Mary's we have a vision of ourselves as gathered "and with your blood purchased for God from every race and tongue, of every people and nation," (Rev. 5: 9-10) to give praise to God by what we do in service to one another, and our God. The parish has a history of sponsoring Southeast Asian families and most recently of resettling a refugee family of eight from Eritrea. Not yet fulfilled, we glimpse the reign of God among us and are encouraged by God's free gift of grace to work together on the reign of God.

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