I’m so excited that this weekend we’ve had our Parish Kickoff and Ministry Fair, in conjunction with our Time & Talent Weekend.  We’ve traditionally had a “Time & Talent Sunday” every year in order to highlight the many active ministries we have here at the parish, and to encourage folks to sign up for ways to get involved.  This year you’ll be able to sign up for ministries electronically, using a QR code that you can scan in the vestibule.  Of course, good old-fashioned paper copies of the forms will be available in the vestibule, as well.  Regardless of how you sign up, I hope that every parishioner will take a moment to complete a Time & Talent Form before the end of August. Many thanks to Linda Fitzpatrick for her work in organizing the Time & Talent process.

 

This year, of course, things are a little different, which adds both some importance and some excitement to the Time & Talent process.  Encouraging ministry signups is especially important this year because so many of our ministries have been dormant (or at least very scaled-down) during the time of the pandemic.  I’m really excited that we are in a position to re-start most of our parish ministries, but that also means that we need to start from scratch in terms of recruiting new volunteers.  A lot of these ministries will only be able to resume when we’ve got an adequate number of volunteers, so I’m hoping for a healthy number of Time & Talent forms!

 

But I also think this presents us with a golden opportunity, not just to get back to exactly where we were before COVID hit, but also to grow in new and exciting ways.  I said at the beginning of the pandemic, and I still truly believe, that this could usher in a new springtime for the Church (including our parish).  This parish re-boot gives us a chance to try new things as a parish, and it gives parishioners a unique opportunity to try something different, or to deepen their involvement in the parish.   There is so much potential for us to grow in faith and outreach, and I’m really excited for what lies ahead.

 

After what we’ve all been through, I think we’ve learned not to take things for granted, especially with our faith.  If you’ve thought about getting involved in a new ministry or parish activity, don’t wait.  There’s never been a better time to do it!