From my rectory early Sunday morning
I’ve got my memories always inside of me,
but I can’t go back to how it was.
I believe You now, I’ve come too far
No, I can’t go back to how it was,
created for a place I’ve never known.
This is home. Now I’m finally where I belong.
Yeah, this is home.
I’ve been searching for a place of my own.
Now I’ve found it. Maybe this is home. This is home.
Belief over misery, I’ve seen the enemy.
And I won’t go back to how it was.
And I got my heart set on what happens next.
I got my eyes wide, it’s not over yet.
We are miracles and we’re not alone.
And now after all my searching, after all my questions
I’m gonna call it home.
I’ve got a brand new mindset, I can finally see the sunset.
I’m gonna call it.
This is Home, by Switchfoot
It’s late August and the seasonal tide is beginning to turn, as our collective stomachs were churning about our Tom Brady, or wrenching over another another Red Sox pennant race (really, now, did any of us expect this?) or, in my case, anticipating in joyful hope the tastes that autumn will bring. My first cranberry harvest season is coming, and the beauty of the bogs I’m sure will keep my camera busy as I run from Middleborough to Lakeville to Rochester and back again.
One wonderful bit of timing from the Church’s calendar is that June, July and August have given us all an opportunity to rejoice in the patrons of our collaborative- June brought us the Sacred Heart of Jesus, July St. Martha took center stage with her sister, and this Friday, it’s St. Rose who will stand before us. Some our parishioners in Lakeville and Middleborough have yet to travel to the church on the hill (Vaughn Hill, that is), and so the time has come. I’m praying the beautiful weather will continue. A dream of mine now is to have a patron saint for the collaborative, and we’re beginning to ask around- St. Joseph is off to an early lead, but we’re all ears.
On Sunday, we kicked off our first initiative for the Cranberry Collaborative, by bringing Why Catholic? across the three families. We began with a great cookout, finishing with a prayer service with some powerful testimonies on how this wonderful opportunity has affected their lives. We’ll be beginning it formally soon.
I would like to take this moment to congratulate the one and only Holly Clark, who very recently achieved her Master’s degree and just became officially certified as a Pastoral Associate. She is a blessing to us all!
The excitement is rising- I’ve always believed the Church and school year ran roughly parallel and soon religious ed will begin for the year, and with three churches and multiple programs, it’ll be a lot to keep up with. We’ve got the K of C Silver Rose coming in October, an installation, and perhaps a trip in November to NYC to see the big Christmas Show? It’s time to take some deep breaths now and to focus- and trust. It’s gotten us this far.