The Cathedral Connection 4 November 2018

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Saying Yes

Last weekend I attended the Archdiocesan Stewardship Retreat. The theme was based around the Sunday’s gospel reading – the healing of the blind man, Bartimaeus. We were invited to reflect on a number of themes, including Jesus’ question to Bartimaeus, ‘what would you like me to do for you?’ We were also invited to imagine putting this question to Jesus – what would he like us to do for him?

Turning the question around in this way emphasized that we are all called – as Pope Francis has recently reminded us – to be holy, and for most of us holiness lies in the ordinary things of life rather than in heroic achievements.

I remembered reading somewhere years ago that we can be apprehensive about saying ‘yes’, because we don’t know where it will lead, what other ‘yes’ will be asked of us as a consequence.

We offer our time, our talent, and our treasure in our parish and other communities, and this willing giving is what makes our parish the community it is. We give in this way – we say ‘yes’ – because we see a need, or because we are asked to, not for prestige or status. For all of us in this parish community, we are encouraged to say ‘yes’, because we know that we are supported by each another.  So it was when I was asked, several weeks ago, to become parish pastoral council chair – and I want to thank Nicholas Burley for his capable, kind and thoughtful leadership of the council over the last two years.

As we negotiate our building issues, many of us have been, and will be, asked to say ‘yes’ to things we did not expect.  We thank you for being open to requests and your offers of help. We take heart this week in knowing that the Chapel and Connolly Hall will be re-opened later this month.

Jim McAloon, Chair, Parish Pastoral Council

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