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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

     Sunday, having celebrated our 59th anniversary, it is time to turn our attention to the future.

     This week I read through the pastor’s survey responses completed on paper and submitted here at the parish. Additionally, Tracom, who tabulated our Survey Monkey results, Monday sent them to me. (I am grateful to Tracom, John Myers, and Casey Muqueen for their service.) I have not had the chance to read through the digital results with a proverbial fine-toothed comb. Nonetheless, between the paper and digital surveys a very clear concern or two has already emerged.

First, respondents were heavily weighted toward long-time parishioners. 74% of respondents have been in the parish for over 15 years. That compares with 5% who have been in the parish from 11-15 years; 7% who have been in the parish from 6-10 years; and 14% who have been around for less than 5 years.

Additionally, on the paper surveys many identified themselves as “founding” members or as having been parishioners for many decades. It was not uncommon to have persons who have been in the parish between 30-50+ years.

It is also not surprising that those who completed the survey on-line were, relatively speaking, younger and newer to the parish while those who completed the survey on paper were older and have been Notre Dame members for many years.

Relatedly, one theme stood out among others. There is almost universal agreement that the future of Notre Dame, and therefore our priority as a parish, should be growing the parish, attracting and serving younger families, and reaching out to young people, especially young adults. More than a few respondents commented on the phenomenal housing boom taking place west of the parish, especially the Green Gables redevelopment, and on the gentrification occurring in the Harvey Park communities to the east. Both of these communities, and others, are ripe for evangelization, outreach, and welcome.      

I also received a comment or two raising the concern that there doesn’t seem to be a vision of where we are going as a parish, a plan on how to get there, and a program in place to move us forward. Some said there seems to be no hope at Notre Dame.

In this Year of Mercy and as we move into the 60th year of our founding, perhaps this is where we begin, rediscovering hope. We must turn to the Holy Spirit, seek to understand his will for our future, and define his will institutionally, ministerially, and personally. I am not sure what that will look like, but it will be exciting, I promise you.

Father Ed

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POSITION OPEN AT NOTRE DAME

Director of Administrative Services - Denver Catholic parish (@ 1700 families) seeking full-time director of administrative services. Responsibilities include oversight of parish’s administrative services (HR, insurance, financial, and business affairs) and parish facilities, maintenance, and janitorial services.  Candidates should possess a degree in business, management, etc. or be a certified public accountant. Demonstrated experience required.  Send resume with desired annual salary range to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 9.

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Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 123  August 21st

Reading 1 Is 66:18-21

Thus says the LORD:
I know their works and their thoughts,
and I come to gather nations of every language;
they shall come and see my glory.
I will set a sign among them;
from them I will send fugitives to the nations:
to Tarshish, Put and Lud, Mosoch, Tubal and Javan,
to the distant coastlands
that have never heard of my fame, or seen my glory;
and they shall proclaim my glory among the nations.
They shall bring all your brothers and sisters from all the nations
as an offering to the LORD,
on horses and in chariots, in carts, upon mules and dromedaries,
to Jerusalem, my holy mountain, says the LORD,
just as the Israelites bring their offering
to the house of the LORD in clean vessels.
Some of these I will take as priests and Levites, says the LORD.

In order that you may not grow weary and lose heart.
In your struggle against sin
you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.

Reading 2 Heb 12:5-7, 11-13

Brothers and sisters,
You have forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as children:
“My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord
or lose heart when reproved by him;
for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines;
he scourges every son he acknowledges.”
Endure your trials as “discipline”;
God treats you as sons.
For what “son” is there whom his father does not discipline?
At the time,
all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain,
yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness
to those who are trained by it.So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees.
Make straight paths for your feet,
that what is lame may not be disjointed but healed.

 

 

TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

AUGUST 28, 2016

 

Reading 1 Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29

My child, conduct your affairs with humility,
and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts.
Humble yourself the more, the greater you are,
and you will find favor with God.
What is too sublime for you, seek not,
into things beyond your strength search not.
The mind of a sage appreciates proverbs,
and an attentive ear is the joy of the wise.
Water quenches a flaming fire,
and alms atone for sins.

Reading 2 Heb 12:18-19, 22-24a

Brothers and sisters:
You have not approached that which could be touched
and a blazing fire and gloomy darkness
and storm and a trumpet blast
and a voice speaking words such that those who heard
begged that no message be further addressed to them.
No, you have approached Mount Zion
and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,
and countless angels in festal gathering,
and the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven,
and God the judge of all,
and the spirits of the just made perfect,
and Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant,
and the sprinkled blood that speaks more eloquently than that of Abel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekday  Saturday  Sunday Reconcilliation
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Denver, CO 80219

 

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