When your pastor, I promised to be a man of prayer and a spiritual leader rather than a leader of parish activities. I promised to try to bring people together who will now and help one another and enjoy each other’s company.
I promised to work and pray to bring back to Christ, the Church and the sacraments, all those who have separated themselves. I promised to teach the gospel and to apply that teaching to our everyday lives. I promised to offer the sacraments as frequently as possible for your spiritual nourishment.
I promised to be a good and honest steward of the money you donate for our parish, to keep us out of debt, to keep the property maintained for safety and aesthetic reasons. I promised to include anyone who wished to stay after Mass to help make any financial decisions that involve large amounts of money. I promised to run an efficient and friendly rectory and to keep the parish going in the right direction.
As best as I can, I promised to help during times of death or illness. I will try to be there when needed by who may or may not have a church of their own. I cannot be of service to those outside our parish. I know my limitations. I promised to organize and keep solvent a monthly financial help to those in need in our parish and to donate some money to charities outside our parish. I preach and live the gospel. I promise not to have useless meetings, only one with purpose. I think I have fulfilled my promises.
+PRAY EACH DAY TO CHRIST ~ FR. CANAVAN