St. John - Holy Angels Parish
82 Possum Park Road
Newark, Delaware 19711
September 22, 2020
Dear Parishioners & Friends,
Not too long ago, we heard in a Sunday Liturgy this wonderful verse from St Paul: “What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?” (Rom 8:35). I remember praying these words and asking God to help us to make them real for our Parish.
We recently celebrated Labor Day: it signifies that summer has ended, our school has started, and a whole new ‘social’ year is ahead of us. But, we can’t help wondering what type of year this will be! How – and when! – are we going to go back to normal?
I wish I could give you concrete answers, but nobody has them yet. However, I do know that we won’t let anything stand in the way between the Love of Christ and us, as we continue to do our part in making this a safer place for everyone. We will take on the challenge to witness to all people what it means to live in the Love of Christ, as Disciple of Jesus: we will witness that our Parish is truly the Home of the Family of God.
I hope you will all agree with this, and join me in this challenge. Despite all restrictions and limitations – both present and future – there is something that we can all do. And this is why I am writing to you.
I had an idea and I shared it with Fr Carlos, and together we want to go ahead with this project. First of all, I’d like to ask all members of the many prayer groups that gather in our Parish to be patient – as of now, we cannot gather as we used to. I would also ask you to join us in this project. We would like to dedicate one day a week for common prayer: each prayer and spirituality group will have an opportunity to lead the prayer for all of us. In this way, we will get to know all the groups but more importantly, we will pray together as a parish.
At the same time, I want each prayer group, parish committee, and individual parishioner to spend this upcoming year studying and meditating on the same topic: the Church. For us to become a stronger parish, we must understand what the Church wants us to be, and that requires that we first understand what the Church is.
I am sure that as our understanding and awareness grow, we will be able to find our place in this Family and be even more confident in inviting others to join us as we share with them the gift that God has given us in the Church. Yes, I am sure that as we form ourselves in this way, we can become a strong Parish that:
- Understands the faith more clearly
- Celebrates Christ more fully
- Lives more eucharistically
- Serves more humbly
- Witnesses more boldly
- Loves more heroically
With your “yes,” this will be a year that we will never forget – not only because of the pandemic but also because we have used this opportunity and let God’s Love move us closer to Him.
May you have a blessed year, and let’s continue to pray and support each other as we go through this time of opportunities.
Rev. Stanislao Esposito