Archbishop Lori has written a very important pastoral letter on evangelization-based parish planning which will be used by every parish in the Archdiocese of Baltimore this year to begin planning where and how the Catholic Church will serve the people of our archdiocese in the future. The letter is entitled: A Light Brightly Visible-Lighting the Path to Missionary Discipleship.
Like many dioceses throughout the country we need to look at and study changing demographics to determine how and where the Church can best serve. This parish based planning process will not be a “top down” effort but will include decisions made at the parish level and I need you to participate. The first step in this process includes inviting all parishioners to read the Archbishop’s pastoral letter so that we can all have a sense of what this planning process is about. The letter and a video of the Archbishop explaining the “spirit” of this planning process, which is being called Be Missionary Disciples, can be found by clicking here.
Please do take a few minutes to view the video, read the pastoral letter and then compete the survey. I cannot stress enough the importance of this survey since it will be one of the factors used in the planning process. PLEASE MAKE AN EFFORT to help Saint Louis by being a part of this important archdiocesan planning effort. The survey only takes about 15 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous—and has far reaching ramifications.
Thank you so very much,
New Parishioner Welcome Sessions
The next New Parishioner Welcome Session will be held Sunday, February 21, at 12:30 pm in the Pastoral Center Social Hall.
Ash Wednesday (February 10)
Ash Wednesday is a day of Fasting and Abstinence. Ashes will be blessed and distributed at the following celebrations:
• 7:00am Mass
• 9:30am Mass with St. Louis School
• 12:00 noon Communion Service
• 5:00pm Mass
• 7:00pm Mass
If you made Capital Campaign contributions during 2015, you will automatically receive a statement which will include all donations made to St Louis Church during the year. If you did not make any contributions to the Capital Campaigns, you may request a statement through this link. If you include an email address, we will email your statement to you. Contribution statements will be sent by the end of January. We cannot account for loose cash dropped in the collection basket.
As Archbishop Lori recently noted, the use of new communications technology is increasingly crucial to the mission and work of the Church. Not only must we proclaim the Gospel using every means necessary, but we must also learn to meet our people where they are – communicating the way they communicate and using the most efficient and effective tools available to us. We need look no further than Pope Francis’ use of Twitter and other such tools for evidence of its effectiveness in connecting people with their Church today!
• MyParish App, an effective mobile app to engage and connect parishioners and inspire their faith
• Flocknote, an easy-to-use tool for gathering parishioner contact info, creating beautiful email newsletters, sending powerful text messages and more
• A new Catholic Review Magazine to keep you connected to the larger Catholic Community through print and digital editions
Click here for more information
St. Louis Annual Report
Saint Louis Parish and School has much to celebrate! We have a very active parish and dedicated parishioners who share their time, talent and treasure to make our Masses, ministries and programs meaningful and special. Our school and religious education programs teach and nurture over 1,200 youth from pre-school aged through young adult. We have much good news to share and you will find highlights from our last fiscal year, ending on June 30, 2015 in our annual report.
An annual report is a list of the past year’s accomplishments and is an acknowledgement to individuals, businesses and foundations that support us in many ways. See what you, as a parishioner, helped us accomplish last year.
Click on the single arrow in the circle to download a pdf copy, or click on the 4 arrows to view full screen.