What would you like the Catholic Church to be like in 20 years? What would you like Holy Family to be like in 20 years? Many of us would say, I'd like a Church overflowing with bold, generous, committed men, women and children who understand the genius of Catholicism and are striving to live it in every area of their lives. The role that you, your fellow parishioners, our staff and I play here at Holy Family today, tomorrow and in the days ahead will determine what the Church will be like in the future.
God has given us the gift of being able to dream, to look into the future and imagine something different than today, and then, to return to the present and work to make that richly imagined future a reality. It's up to each of us to do that!
Matthew Kelly's Dynamic Catholic Institute is dedicated to helping parishioners and their parishes make this dream a reality by developing world-class resources and events. Our parishioners have benefited from many of them already. Having researched and tested these resources individually over the last 10 years, Matthew Kelly is now embarking on the largest parish renewal initiative ever undertaken, called Dynamic Parish, and Holy Family Parish is privileged to play an important role in its development. We will be piloting Dynamic Parish for the Dynamic Catholic Institute over the course of 5 years. In tandem with 60 other parishes across the country, we'll be utilizing their resources and providing valuable feedback and insights about the effectiveness of the program, and share our best practices. As they document the findings from our parish and the other pilot parishes, we will assist Dynamic Catholic to come up with a proven model of parish renewal for the Church in America.
This ground-breaking initiative begins with asking one simple question: What are your dreams for Holy Family Parish? God wants our future, the future of our parish and the future of our Church to be bigger and better than ever before. He doesn't transform parishes all at once. He transforms people one at a time. To help us to dream about this future, our parish will host noted speaker, Tony Ferraro from Dynamic Catholic on Monday, December 9 at 7:00pm in our main church. It's called the Dream Event, and I ask you to make a special effort to participate. This 90-minute interactive event will inspire each of us to embrace the gift of life and share our dreams for our parish. It will also help us experience the joy of helping others ponder and realize some of their financial, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, professional, creative and legacy dreams. Will you embrace our 5-year partnership? Will you let this be a moment in your life when you ask God to transform you by helping you take the next step, to get involved, and be the difference that will make a difference? I pray that you will, and I ask that you encourage family members and friends to do the same.
God bless you!