Thursday, November 7, 2019
XXXI Week in Ordinary Time
Parish Wide Synod
God called St. Francis of Assisi to rebuild the church. At first, Francis thought he was supposed to rebuild the dilapidated church of San Damiano in Assisi. It was only later that he realized his call was to the rebuild the Universal Church, of which we all are a part. Like St. Francis, we too are called to attend to our church to ensure that it remains vibrant and relevant in our lives as Catholics. To that end, St. Cornelius Parish is pleased to announce the beginning of a new strategic planning process that we are calling a Parish-Wide Synod. The purpose of the Synod is to invite all the members of our community to gather in order to determine a plan on how we can work to establish the Kingdom of God more clearly in our midst.
The Synod will bring us together in a series of guided conversations, facilitated by an external consultant who has many years of experience working with parishes just like ours. Prior to the Synod we will conduct a survey to identify domains of interest. A committee of parishioners will oversee the process of collecting your responses and identifying common key themes that emerge from your ideas. From these ideas, we will chart a course as a community to steward our financial and material resources, but more importantly, to steward our human resources—the people who are St. Cornelius. Although this process will largely unfold in the spring, I will have more to say about the Synod and the process we will be using during the upcoming Advent season.
Open House for St. Cornelius School
We are hosting a series of Open House events for our school. 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM on November 12th and December 11th. The Open House on January 6th will be from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. I will offer gentle reminders as these dates arise. Please take time to think about joining our school.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Today, Thursday, November 7th from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM we will host the bi-annual Red Cross Blood Drive in the Parish Life Center. While there were opportunities to sign up after all the Masses, I am sure walk ins would be welcome.
The Thanksgiving Food Drive
The St. Cornelius Church 8th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive benefits Mercy Neighborhood Ministries The Mission of Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia, Inc. is to create partnerships and services that respond to the needs of those who are poor in the North Philadelphia community, especially women, children and persons with special needs.
Our parish has collected Thanksgiving food donations for the last seven years. We are committed to providing 50 baskets of food again this year. This year they will be donated to Mercy Neighborhood Ministries in memory of Norine & Richard Bastian’s (parishioners) daughter, Norine, who worked there prior to her passing in September of this year. Food donations will be collected the weekend of November 23rd & 24th.
A New Walkway
The trek across our parking lot has recently been made easier with the creation of a new walkway connecting the Parish Life Center to the school building. It certainly is not the most well-worn path, but now the trip will be safer, more secure and well lit for those of us who navigate the parking lot each day.