My thought is to come together (all of us) and spend a retreat day together. I’d like it to be a time when we can pray and grieve for what has been and find reason for hope and excitement of what could be. Whether we like it or not, life is changing at Nativity. We can either enter this new chapter with hope and faith or we can go through the motions as if nothing has changed. If we just go through the motions, we will become like a small family, meeting each weekend, and wondering who will be the last one to turn out the lights and lock the doors of Nativity. I suspect I should have done this much earlier but I, too, was overwhelmed by this responsibility and depended a lot on Sr. Jolene. So will you give up one Saturday to be with you parish family? Transitions are not easy but when done as a family, they can be tremendous moments of grace.
Please let me know that you are willing to give up a Saturday to do this. I have to find someone to lead this and a place to come together but I need to know you are in this with me. Let’s do this!!
P.S. As I’m writing this, my fear is that someone might think I have a hidden agenda (like merging the parishes or just closing Nativity). Please know I will always be honest with you and I have NO intention of merging or closing anything (nor have I received any word from the Archdiocese about anything). My dream is that we have TWO vibrant parishes on the east side of Detroit.