WhatNext? I think we can all agree thatthese are unprecedented times in which we are living. The question for us aparish is what do we see for the future of our Parish? We are blessed with thenumbers and diversity of our Parish, St Margret’s is a vibrant community. Wehave been one of the few Christian Churches and communities that have remainedopen for public worship throughout lockdown, and with our wonderful ParishSchool, the Food Bank and so many acts of kindness and engagement in ourcommunity we have a sure foundation on which to build.
So,what do we want to see for our Parish for the future? In a new document on theParish, Pope Francis poses a challenge for us ‘the current parish model no longer adequately corresponds to the manyexpectations of the faithful’ Parishes are reminded that ‘mere repetitiveactions that fails to have an impact upon people’s concrete lives remains asterile attempt at survival… parishes should exude that spiritual dynamic ofevangelisation’. The measure of the life of a Parish is measured by thewillingness of its members to share their faith with others. This he calls thePastoral conversion of the Parish Community. Between now and the Summer I wouldlike to take this opportunity to help us pray and reflect on the future of thiscommunity. It must begin with prayer, and then we shall have a time to meet anddiscuss. More to follow!!!!!!