December 8, 2013
Extra, Extra, Read All About It
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It has been quite a while since my last article in the bulletin. It's amazing how quickly things begin moving in a parish during the October and November months. As such, certain practices can fall by the wayside. Please accept my apology for the hiatus and my pledge to redouble my efforts in submitting my article for the bulletin on a more regular basis.
I mention this because as we prepare for the new year in just a few weeks, I have worked with our bulletin publisher to provide three more pages to our weekly publication. This will also be accompanied by a new cover and a complete interior overhaul. Despite the advent of the internet and lightening speed communications, the bulletin is still the best form of information to the parishioners and non-parishioners alike. Thus, a well constructed bulletin should serve many facets of our lives.
Many people take extra bulletins to put at the entrance way of apartment buildings and nursing homes where the bulletin can easily fall into the hands of non-parishioners. I thought, "Wouldn't it be wonderful if there were prayers, spiritual quotations, devotions and writings from the popes and saints for people to meditate upon? Perhaps a bulletin like that could stir the heart of someone to return to the faith and help those who already practice the faith to deepen it?"
For a long time, the bulletin was simply a forum which related information concerning the events of the parish and little more. It is my belief that the bulletin should be a weekly encounter with the faith on a variety of levels. The future bulletin will still contain all the information that is currently published; and yet, it will provide so much more. An entire page will be dedicated to the happenings at the school. Sections of the bulletin will be given to the various ministries of the parish to keep you abreast of their work and mission here at St. John the Baptist. Information from the Diocese, neighboring parishes and the greater Beaver Valley community will make their way into the bulletin as well. There will be articles concerning theology, history, and teachings of the faith. I would like to see sections of the Holy Father's writings and meditations on the lives of the saints. I even intend to add sections for prayers and devotions for the week or liturgical season.
The opportunities are endless and with this refocus on the New Evangelization, our bulletin can serve to be an encounter with the faith and a springboard to a deeper relationship with Christ. I look forward to bringing this vision to light in the next few weeks. May God bless you this Advent season as we prepare for the Celebration of Christ.