Get your calendars out! Sat. Jan. 27, 10:00 am-2:00 pm is Parish Council and we’re going to be covering a lot of ground. We’ll gather for discussion and presentations, have lunch and celebrate Mass together. It’s important to get together and discuss where we’ve been this past year and where we are headed. So be there or be square!

This past week, Fr. Kevin, Deacon Joyce, Fr. Matthew and I gathered together for a retreat on Mayne Island, where we spent time sharing in discussions about our life and ministry together here at St. James’. There were times of reflection and thanksgiving for events in the past year, buoyant discussions about future plans and prayers for guidance as to where we as a community may be being called.

We are very blessed to be in team ministry which is seen less frequently in parishes than it once was. St. James’ certainly has a history of having multiple clergy on site, if we look back at the days when the clergy house was occupied by several priests. We are now in a time when that space will be reformed for the needs of our parish and our ministry today and in the future.

For myself, I have found that being part of a team ministry is a wonderful gift, in that we have ongoing support from each other, a sharing of gifts and resources, and in our particular case a good sense of humour, all of which carries us forward in our shared ministry here with you.

Being on retreat together gave us time to share, rest, eat, laugh and re-energize. I am looking forward to sharing with you at Parish Council some of what our clergy team is working on and hoping for in our 2018 ministry as God’s people at St. James’. Let us forge ahead together, deepening our faith in the risen Lord and welcoming new comers into our community. We have a strong history and legacy to live up to and to carry forward. I’m excited. Are you?

See you soon, Mother Lucy