Dear Parishioners of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta,
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord!” These are the words of our Blessed Mother to the angel Gabriel. As I reflect on the eight years that I have been your pastor these are the first words that come to mind. They articulate how I feel about the parish that we have built up together. Over the years we have celebrated Mass in a barn, a junior high cafeteria, a truck driving school and finally in our permanent home. Now that we have settled into our new parish church, we have come to an important time of discernment as a community when we need to prayerfully determine our future goals and priorities.
Our pastoral and finance council have recommended that we invite you into the discussion by means of a parish survey. This survey is important to me as your pastor as it will help me assess how well I am serving your needs as you continue your spiritual journey. The survey is important to our staff and to our councils so that as we move forward, we do so with the confidence of knowing what our parishioners want and need. We are here to serve and we need your help to make sure that we are moving in the right direction.
I hope that you will consider helping us with our parish discernment process by filling out the Parish Life Survey and returning it to the church by Sunday, October 18th. I am confident that wherever the Holy Spirit leads us as a parish in the coming years, thanks to the support of parishioners like you the future is bright and filled with hope.
I have included a link to our Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Year End Financial Report as our financial situation is an important component of the future of our parish.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Frank Schuster