From the Hand of FR. Aaron Ferris…August 21, 2016

Father Aaron FerrisLast week I asked you what you have to offer. I hope you continue reflecting on this question and find new gifts that you can put at the service of God and God’s people. I want to hear about them. While you continue to reflect on this, I am going to ask you a second question that I would also like to hear your response to.

What would you like or what do you need? To say it another way, what would it be nice to have at the parish? This question is initially somewhat broad because we all have different desires, wants, and needs. Another way to frame it would be: what would you like/need the parish to offer?

There is no way that the parish could ever meet all our desires, wants, and needs; nevertheless, the parish is supposed to be the center of our community life. Yes, we are citizens of this great country, of this awesome state, and of this very, very nice region of Western-Central Michigan (or Eastern-West Michigan, or whatever you want to call it). This is very important to who we are. However, our first identity, our primary frame of reference, is as Catholics, as members of this visible Body of Christ. Our life together in the parish is one of the chief ways we live out our Catholic reality.

The Eucharist is at the heart of our life together because the Eucharist binds us together in a common life in Christ. How this common life comes to be expressed, though, can happen in a myriad of ways. It might be something simple, like needing help with transportation. It might be something fairly easy to address, like faith formation on a particular issue. It might be something more about relationships, like a new parent who needs some support. Maybe you are an old parent who hasn’t figured out what to do with an empty nest. Maybe you have lost your job and you don’t know where to go next in life. Maybe you need a new group of friends in place of the guys who hang out together after work. Maybe…fill in the blank.

I ask this question because, again, I want to get to know you. Your answers give me a small, small window into where the Lord might be moving in your life. Also, I ask the question for a far more practical reason: it is easy for me to have a lot of ideas, but those ideas do not necessarily match what other people think they want or need. If we can put all these ideas together, I am sure we can find ways to grow in our faith, to grow in our relationship with Christ, and to manifest our relationship with Christ as a community.

So, again, write us, call us, fill us in. Drop a note in the collection, a letter in the mail, or fire off an e-mail. Make sure we know who you are so if we have questions, we can always get back to you.

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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