January 15, 2017 – A View from the Rectory Window

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As we begin this feasibility study, I am reminded that “without a vision the people will perish” (Proverbs 29:18). We have experienced significant growth over the past years and now we are called to address the pastoral needs of our divergent parish community by meeting the needs of today and planning for the growth potential of tomorrow.

As I have been privileged to be with you, one challenging question keeps emerging—how can we strengthen our parish life and help more people experience the richness of our Catholic faith? I believe that the    proposed parish/community/office center is an integral answer to this question.

As I see it, the proposed parish/community/office center is needed:

  • To provide space and opportunity for our parish organizations and groups to enhance and exercise their respective ministries;
  • To provide ample space for pastoral functions, such as seasonal liturgies, baptismal, wedding and funeral receptions, retreats;
  • To provide open space for the social activities, including annual parish functions, opportunities for learning & training, meeting and gathering space;
  • To provide opportunities for the social activities, not only of our parish, but for the entire community of the Upper and Middle Townships of Cape May County.

I believe, by God’s grace, that our parish is uniquely situated in the local community and that this is the opportune time to provide for the needs of today and tomorrow.

Father Pete