My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In today’s Church, we must strive to imitate Jesus and search for the “lost sheep”, the “lost coin” and actively search out the “prodigal sons” who have strayed. ALL of us; not just the pastor must seek out inactive Catholic Christians who need our help. The offer of a ride to church for Mass, a listening ear to expressions of hurt and frustration along with guidance and good advice can do a lot in reconciling our friends and family who do not participate in our faith life.
We need to imitate Jesus who came to seek out and help those who are lost. Please direct them to me if they have issues to resolve with church practice or doctrine. I pledge to do all I can in trying to imitate the Good Shepherd. Sometimes the invitation to return can start with a social event like a Bazaar or Fall Fair. A piece of strudel, a plate of cabbage and noodles or a bargain or a prize might be the ticket back to active participation in the life of our parish family! Let that be our hope and prayer.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. David J. Kozak