Saint Agnes Parish Report 2021

Dear Parishioners,

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble. Psalm 46:1

A frequent theme in my prayers is for the physical and spiritual safety and health of every member of our parish. Once the COVID restrictions of masks and social distancing were lifted, it has been almost exhilarating to watch us emerge more freely in our personal interactions. The Church attendance continued to grow. We enjoyed records crowds at our annual bazaar. I write these words in early September. It is my profound hope that the return to something more like normal life continues as we contend with the COVID variants.

This does not mean that we have worked through the burdens caused by the isolation and restrictions imposed on us. I am thinking especially of the hurt and frustrations when visitations were not permitted with loved ones in nursing homes or when the funerals for deceased loved ones could not be celebrated properly.

As with many parishes over those darker days of COVID, we streamed Saturday night Masses (and still are). We offered an outdoor Mass on Sunday afternoon from the end of August, 2020 to the end of June, 2021 for those who were afraid to enter the Church because of the fear of COVID. Marian Ministers of Care regularly contacted our homebound. We continued to support the local St. Vincent de Paul Society who provided aid and comfort to needy families in our area. We did not forget the larger Church and conducted a drive to collect funds to support ThinkActPeace in the Philippines. Much of the literacy programs of Sr. Elvira were destroyed with a series of storms in the Philippines.

All those examples meant that volunteers stepped up to the plate to make it happen and to offer the concern and love of Christ throughout the pandemic. So, however humbly, St. Agnes has sought to provide for the spiritual and material needs of the parish and wider community.

Of course, it has been your stewardship of treasure, but also, just as importantly, your time and talent that made any response possible. Now, the work of the Church is never done. Yes, our primary mission is to make disciples. Pope Paul VI wrote in his apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Nuntiandi” (“Evangelization in the Modern World”), published on December 8, 1975, that evangelization is the church’s deepest identity and mission. In short, “the church exists to evangelize.” The Church will need to bring all her resources to bear on this critical mission of which the corporal and spiritual works of mercy are an integral part. We must witness to the power of the gospel in our lives to convince others to follow Jesus.

No, our work is not done. We do not know that what the future will bring with impacts on our freedoms, economic uncertainty, and the continued challenges of COVID. We do know that the physically and spiritually vulnerable are always among us and our parish needs to be able to respond to the best of our ability. Your stewardship of time, talent, and treasure will help keep our parish alive and vibrant. Please remember your parish this year, and prayerfully consider increasing your treasure and offering more of your time and talent so we can continue God’s work.

Blessings,
Monsignor Paul

Flowers that Feed the Soul: Our Ministry Listing

Altar Servers/Cross Bearers
Greeters
Exraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Choirs & Cantors
Altar Society
Lectors
Ushers
Liturgy of the Word for Children
Parish Choir
Joyful Noise Choir

Family-Centered Catechesis 1-8 grades
H.E.A.R.T for Adoration
Resurrection Choir
Instrumentalists
Christian Mothers and Ladies Guild
Our Lady of Guadalupe Pro-Life Group
Emerald Club
Garden Club
Knights of Columbus
Legion of Mary

Men’s Club
Ministry of Care
Mission Committee
Parish Bazaar
Rosary Group
Substance Addiction Ministry (S.A.M.)
St. Vincent de Paul Society
That Man is You
Senior Youth Ministry
Grief Support Group