Letter from Father Matthew
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The past few years during the COVID-19 pandemic have presented both challenges and opportunities. We have been challenged in our gatherings, liturgically and in community. We have been challenged in our offerings of discipleship formation and the sacraments.
Our times, schedules, and ways of doing things have been shaken up.
However, many opportunities have come forward. We have continued to be a parish – serving our community in different ways, while fixing our eyes on Jesus. We’ve tried new things and I hope to continue innovating through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
What does it mean to be part of the St Patrick’s parish community? I have learned that it requires love – but not just any kind of love. The love that Jesus modelled for us. A love that focuses solely on the other, on their needs and concerns.
It means welcoming all those in our parish – whether they drop in for coffee at Holy Grounds, attend Alpha to ask questions, or register with our school – with a kind of hospitality that says “this is your home too”.
So whether you are new to the parish or a longstanding member, I pray that you find a home at St Patricks, where authentic love flourishes and Jesus is proclaimed.