One reality of faith that guides and comforts me is that we are always where Godwants us to be. As Bishop Vann installs me as Pastor of St. Edward the Confessor Parish and San Felipe de Jesus Chapel this Sunday, I am comforted to know that it is Divine Providence who has put us together. Being a Pastor doesn’t come with a how-to manual any more than being a parent does. I rely on your prayers and the support and counsel of many people, particularly you, the parishioners. I am grateful to the parish staff who, though often in the background, are the source of so much good that happens in this parish. The past two years have been a time of transition and change. During this time, I have relied greatly upon the wisdom and guidance of the Parish Pastoral Council and the Finance Council. They have been an invaluable and fruitful expression of collaboration between the clergy and laity. Finally, at the heart of the parish are several hundred parishioners who share their time and talents serving in a variety of ministries. I am grateful.
I encourage and invite every parishioner – young and old – to recognize and exercise the gifts and charisms that God has given you. God has enriched every member of our parish with unique gifts – great and small – which, when shared, contribute to the renewal and building up of the Church.I feel very blessed to lead you and walk with you on our journey of faith.
Fr. Brendan Manson, Pastor