Let us give thanks to the Lord

04-28-2019Pastoral ReflectionsFr. Brian F. Manning

The Mass of Thanksgiving and Blessing Ceremony of the Piazza del San Rocco and Addition are the result of the hopes and dreams and also the sacrifices and hard work of many, many of us. All of us owe a special thanks to the Benefactors of this addition to our beautiful church building that allows us to welcome everyone in a dignified and gracious way. The gifts of these parishioners allow all of us to receive a much greater gift: the church which can truly welcome one and all with warmth and hospitality. Although no one builds their home to accommodate the entire world, we who are a Catholic faith community of God know that we must offer a gracious invitation of welcome which is said not only words but is also a holy place which is accessible. Our new narthex (foyer, lobby or vestibule!!!) welcomes people with a dramatic view of our most beautiful church interior. Indeed, one person told me that this panorama invites you to come inside closer to the altar and be in the presence of our most holy God. We have placed the statue of “Saint Rocco in the Field” in our new outdoor piazza as “a beacon of welcoming” to all those who seek healing and eternal life. Our new outside walkways are all compliant with the “ADA” code. Our new main entrance on the piazza is now barrier free with an elevator that can transport guests to the lower level to the chapel and Sacred Heart Hall or to the upper church. Our hall and meeting space now have facilities that allow us to offer refreshments and hospitality. Both levels of our building now have restrooms that are dignified and accessible to one and all. This great project will support us not only in our worship, but also in our evangelization and hospitality. Our wonderful Parish will now be able to grow in faith in so many ways because now all of us, not just some, are able to gather as “disciples of the Lord.”

We are blessed by the faith and sacrifice of our Parishioners who have enabled us to construct this addition and make improvements. The Mass this day is offered as a Thanksgiving to God for He is the One who has made us as a community of faith.

Throughout the many years to come for our Parish, the efforts and work of so many people will bear fruit in the many who will gather in our holy sanctuary to worship and praise God. Many, many people throughout the coming years will be able to lift their hearts up in prayer be-cause of the benefactors of this project.

“Let us give thanks to the Lord for He is good.”

In Peace and Hope in the Risen Lord Jesus,

Father Brian