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Pastoral Visitation

diocsis of springfieldFrom Bishop Rozanski…

Dear Parishioner of St. Mark’s Church. I and some staff from the diocese will be on a pastoral visitation to your parish on May 17, 2016. These visitations are an  opportunity to better know the parishes in the Diocese and to support the ministries that the church provides for and with you. I hope I will have the opportunity to greet many of you personally with the various activities scheduled for the day. Please come and say hello, if you are able, at the morning Mass.

In case we do not have the opportunity to personally visit that day I invite our thoughts on the following questions with will explore with the parish staff during my visit.

  1. Which ministries or services at St. Mark’s have you found especially helpful in supporting you, your family, neighbors and community?
  1. How might St. Mark’s best continue or strengthen its ministry of its parishioners and the community?
  2. What areas might the church leadership explore to be an even fuller witness of God’s love and healing among you?

After prayful consideration, if you have thoughts on these questions I would appreciate receiving them by email to Fr. Michael Wood, my priest sectary, His email address is m.wood@diospringfield.org.

God bless you and thank you for your role in the pastoral visitation of St. Mark’s

+Bishop Mitchell Rozanski

Bishop of Springfield, MA

 

The Wideness of God’s Mercy-Letter from the Bishop

wideness of God's MercyThe Wideness of God’s Mercy

A Pastoral Letter Reflecting on Evangelization
By Mitchell T. Rozanski, Bishop of Springfield

Do you believe in a God who loves you? Do you believe in a God who forgives? Are you able to offer forgiveness to those who have hurt you? Are you able to ask forgiveness from them? Pope Francis has been teaching us, through his example, that God looks beyond our faults and failings and loves us just as we are. Can we trust in that love?

“You are merciful to all, O Lord, and despise nothing that you have made. You overlook people’s sins, to bring them to repentance, and you spare them, for you are the Lord our God” (Wisdom 11:24, 25, 27)

Read Bishop Rozanski’s complete letter

It will also be published in this month’s CATHOLIC MIRROR