Fr. Matthew O'Toole posted on January 05, 2015 15:54
I’m inclined to call 2014 at St. Margaret of Scotland “A Year of Favor from the Lord.” So many factors prove the positive direction our parish is headed. Compared to this time last year the number of registered families has gone up from 667 to 732. School enrollment has risen from 388 students to 408. In 2014 48 baptisms were celebrated at our font, ten couples walked down our aisle in the sacrament of matrimony, and the RCIA is progressing with a healthy attendance. And perhaps the most evident sign of the vitality at St. Margaret: in just four months the capital campaign “Faith in Our Future” secured over $2 million in pledges for the expansion of our school campus. So what’s next?
All this good news contributes to the enthusiasm of those who are a part of St. Margaret of Scotland. But this growth and the changing circumstances of pastoral ministry present challenges to us. Not only must we keep pace with our current needs, we must also anticipate the work that lies ahead.
How have we been addressing these challenges? Our new Coordinator of Faith Formulation, Erin Brennan, is one example. She is now on staff full time handling the baptism and marriage preparation programs. Erin is also fashioning new opportunities at the parish and school to involve parents and couples to go more deeply into the celebration of the sacraments they are seeking for themselves or their children.
The success of our capital campaign proved that there is wide interest in seeing the good work of our school continue and to grow stronger. This, along with increasing financial expenses related to personnel and developing programs, prompted parish leadership to approve the hiring of a full time Director of Development. This is a position that is being pursued presently. Also, our facilities are large and aging; and with the addition of another school building, maintenance will require additional help. Here too another position is being created.
As we consider the favor God has shown us, we recognize the truth of what Jesus says in his parable about the servants who are given charge of their master’s gifts: “Those to whom much has been given much will be expected.” (Luke 12:48)