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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

     Sunday, having celebrated our 59th anniversary, it is time to turn our attention to the future.

     This week I read through the pastor’s survey responses completed on paper and submitted here at the parish. Additionally, Tracom, who tabulated our Survey Monkey results, Monday sent them to me. (I am grateful to Tracom, John Myers, and Casey Muqueen for their service.) I have not had the chance to read through the digital results with a proverbial fine-toothed comb. Nonetheless, between the paper and digital surveys a very clear concern or two has already emerged.

First, respondents were heavily weighted toward long-time parishioners. 74% of respondents have been in the parish for over 15 years. That compares with 5% who have been in the parish from 11-15 years; 7% who have been in the parish from 6-10 years; and 14% who have been around for less than 5 years.

Additionally, on the paper surveys many identified themselves as “founding” members or as having been parishioners for many decades. It was not uncommon to have persons who have been in the parish between 30-50+ years.

It is also not surprising that those who completed the survey on-line were, relatively speaking, younger and newer to the parish while those who completed the survey on paper were older and have been Notre Dame members for many years.

Relatedly, one theme stood out among others. There is almost universal agreement that the future of Notre Dame, and therefore our priority as a parish, should be growing the parish, attracting and serving younger families, and reaching out to young people, especially young adults. More than a few respondents commented on the phenomenal housing boom taking place west of the parish, especially the Green Gables redevelopment, and on the gentrification occurring in the Harvey Park communities to the east. Both of these communities, and others, are ripe for evangelization, outreach, and welcome.      

I also received a comment or two raising the concern that there doesn’t seem to be a vision of where we are going as a parish, a plan on how to get there, and a program in place to move us forward. Some said there seems to be no hope at Notre Dame.

In this Year of Mercy and as we move into the 60th year of our founding, perhaps this is where we begin, rediscovering hope. We must turn to the Holy Spirit, seek to understand his will for our future, and define his will institutionally, ministerially, and personally. I am not sure what that will look like, but it will be exciting, I promise you.

Father Ed

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POSITION OPEN AT NOTRE DAME

Director of Administrative Services - Denver Catholic parish (@ 1700 families) seeking full-time director of administrative services. Responsibilities include oversight of parish’s administrative services (HR, insurance, financial, and business affairs) and parish facilities, maintenance, and janitorial services.  Candidates should possess a degree in business, management, etc. or be a certified public accountant. Demonstrated experience required.  Send resume with desired annual salary range to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 9.

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Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 129  September 4th

 

 

 

Reading 1
Wis 9:13-18b
Who can know God’s counsel,
or who can conceive what the LORD intends?
For the deliberations of mortals are timid,
and unsure are our plans.
For the corruptible body burdens the soul
and the earthen shelter weighs down the mind that has many concerns.
And scarce do we guess the things on earth,
and what is within our grasp we find with difficulty;
but when things are in heaven, who can search them out?
Or who ever knew your counsel, except you had given wisdom
and sent your holy spirit from on high?
And thus were the paths of those on earth made straight.

Reading 2 Phmn 9-10, 12-17

I, Paul, an old man,
and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus,
urge you on behalf of my child Onesimus,
whose father I have become in my imprisonment;
I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you.
I should have liked to retain him for myself,
so that he might serve me on your behalf
in my imprisonment for the gospel,
but I did not want to do anything without your consent,
so that the good you do might not be forced but voluntary.
Perhaps this is why he was away from you for a while,
that you might have him back forever,
no longer as a slave
but more than a slave, a brother,
beloved especially to me, but even more so to you,
as a man and in the Lord.
So if you regard me as a partner, welcome him as you would me.

 

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 132 September 11th

Reading 1 Ex 32:7-11, 13-14

The LORD said to Moses,
“Go down at once to your people,
whom you brought out of the land of Egypt,
for they have become depraved.
They have soon turned aside from the way I pointed out to them,
making for themselves a molten calf and worshiping it,
sacrificing to it and crying out,
‘This is your God, O Israel,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt!’
“I see how stiff-necked this people is, ” continued the LORD to Moses.
Let me alone, then,
that my wrath may blaze up against them to consume them.
Then I will make of you a great nation.”But Moses implored the LORD, his God, saying,
“Why, O LORD, should your wrath blaze up against your own people,
whom you brought out of the land of Egypt
with such great power and with so strong a hand?
Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Israel,
and how you swore to them by your own self, saying,
‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky;
and all this land that I promised,
I will give your descendants as their perpetual heritage.’”
So the LORD relented in the punishment
he had threatened to inflict on his people.

Reading 2 1 Tm 1:12-17

Beloved:
I am grateful to him who has strengthened me, Christ Jesus our Lord,
because he considered me trustworthy
in appointing me to the ministry.
I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and arrogant,
but I have been mercifully treated
because I acted out of ignorance in my unbelief.
Indeed, the grace of our Lord has been abundant,
along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance:
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
Of these I am the foremost.
But for that reason I was mercifully treated,
so that in me, as the foremost,
Christ Jesus might display all his patience as an example
for those who would come to believe in him for everlasting life.
To the king of ages, incorruptible, invisible, the only God,
honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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