Welcome to St. Mary of the Annunciation Spotlight. This newsletter shines a spotlight on our parishioners and ministries engaged in the works of our Lord and is a vehicle for us to better connect and embrace one another as a community of believers. I thank God for the blessings He has bestowed on St. Mary community and His people. May He continue to show us with His graces.
Fr. Jerry Jacob
Pastor, St. Mary of the Annunciation
Spotlight Articles - Winter 2018
Jess, Chuck, Morgan and Charlie Stoffel have become a family of dedicated St. Mary volunteers. Chuck, who was confirmed at St. Mary in 2017, is now co-chair of Country Fest, and Jess is the powerhouse behind the redesigned parish website.
As a child it was always 40 days of doing without something that would be difficult to give up. However, as one matures, I see Lent as much more than this. It is a time to do whatever is needed to strengthen our relationship with Jesus.
I have learned that Lent is more than giving up something. Lent entails actively doing something, not merely making sacrifices. Lent is an authentic call to right living; by prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
What does it mean to be wonderfully created and redeemed by Christ for happiness now and in eternal life? How can we find this happiness for ourselves and share it with others?
At Frassati, students are encouraged to find ways to live out the Beatitudes as did the school’s patron, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. This year, faculty developed a new Beatitudes program to recognize and reward students who demonstrate a Beatitude such as mercy or peacemaking.
The communications team has worked closely with ministry and commission leaders and parish staff to identify areas of opportunity, research best practices, prioritize current needs, and build new and improved tools to serve our community. As a result, the Communications Team is excited to launch three enhanced communications tools for St. Mary.