The liturgical ministries of the Parish of the Holy Cross held a workshop on December
10, 2011, at Saint Teresa of Avila Church. Approximately 125 parishioners attended.
It was an inspirational and thought-provoking day for all the lay ministers and clergy
that attended in large part due to the guest speaker: Fr. Gerald Marable, pastor
ofSt. Josephine Bakhita Parish, Camden.
Fr. Marable was convener for the merger of two culturally unique parishes. He challenged
everyone of the Parish of the Holy Cross to consider the fact that we say we are
family, but we really are not. We need to be honest about our personal prejudices
and stereotypes, face the fact that we do have them, and change the way we think,
treat, and speak about people who are different. We need to learn intercultural
competence and realize that we are one family in God, one family in our parish. We
are, also, in essence, a reflection of our community – locally, nationally, and globally.
We are the world.
The recent changes to the English version of the Roman missal take a giant step toward
making our Church more unified in the truth that we are one, catholic, and apostolic
church. It’s time we act like it. “I believe” forces each person to take responsibility
for what Catholics call their faith. “I believe” challenges each person to walk
the walk as well as talk the talk.
Small steps will complete a journey, and we at the Parish of the Holy Cross need
to continue taking those little steps forward. A simple smile goes a long way to
making someone feel welcome. The liturgical ministers, deacons, and priests promise
to set an example through deed and word, not only within their ministries, but outside
as well. By remembering that all people are blessed with gifts and talents to make
our Church and our parish more vibrant, we can grow in our faith, strengthen our
faith, and share our faith in true catholic, universal, manner.
Thanks to Fran Ferrara for contributing these photos.