This is a long and very personal letter but I ask your indulgence and hope you will read it through.
As I send this letter to you I am aware of how hard these past two years have been. I am well aware that some of you have stayed home in order to continue to be as careful as possible to protect yourselves or your kids. Some of you have come to feel that coming to church is not as relevant or needful as it used to seem. I am also aware that too often I have not led the parish to communicate well to respond to the needs of the times. Early on we made an effort to try to call every household. It was a complicated process and took a lot of work. But we also had some great responses. We should have followed up with further calls. We got a good response to our recorded Masses at first, and to a few other videos. But the social media needs kept changing. Even as we tried to activate Facebook, we realized that large numbers of people no longer use Facebook. (And now Facebook has problems of its own!) I have been slow to turn to Instagram, etc. I'm trying to be honest here and acknowledge that you might be feeling some disappointment or skeptiscism as we make a new effort to reach out to you.
Thank you so much for reading this far. Could you take one more step and respond to this very simple survey to help us understand what your needs are and what will help to encourage you to come back? The link is below. We would like to follow up with individual phone calls but these may not come until after Christmas. I hope you will receive our outreach in the spirit in which they are offered.
So yes, we have made mistakes. But I think that our faith as Catholics, and in particular our community of Pax Christi have some very important blessings to offer and can still answer some serious needs. I hope that as things open up more you will once again be ready to join us in person. I know it sounds corny, but I really do feel that we need each of you and that together we can make our lives better.
And to all, I wish God Bless and Be Well,