This weekend, Bishop Siegel will install me as the pastor at St. Matthew and St. Philip. As a part of the ritual, I will make a promise to you and the bishop by saying, “With firm faith I also believe everything contained in God’s Word, written or handed down in tradition and proposed by the Church, whether in solemn judgment or in ordinary and universal magisterium, as divinely revealed and calling for faith. I also firmly accept and hold each and every thing that is proposed by the Church definitively regarding teaching on faith and morals. Moreover, I adhere with religious submission of will and intellect to the teachings [of] the Roman Pontiff...”

Long story short: I promise you that I will be faithful to the Gospel during my time among you. I’ll need your help in two important ways. First, please hold me accountable to my promise. If I begin to preach a message other than Jesus Christ crucified, say something to me. Second, I need you to be missionaries! You don’t need to go to a foreign country or a new continent to be a missionary. In class, at work, at the nursing home – be a missionary! Be joyful, generous, and kind. When people ask you why you act this way, tell them, “It’s because I’m Catholic! Would you like to come to Mass with me sometime?” No one goes to heaven alone, so let’s do our best to not come to Mass alone!

You are all amazing people and I am blessed to be your pastor. I thank you for the kindness that you have already shown me. I look forward to the time I will spend with you. Let’s spread the Kingdom together!

Fr. Ryan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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