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We Are Many Parts...

posted Jan 18, 2016, 10:16 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Jan 18, 2016, 10:19 AM ]
Not only is Monday Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it’s also the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25). Hopefully the songs we sing today, We Are Many Parts and One Bread, One Body will stick in our minds this week as we are “called to proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord.”

In Thomas P. Sweetser and Patricia M. Forster’s book Transforming the Parish: Models for the Future, they encourage you to listen to Marty Haugen’s We Are Many Parts as you reflect on the following: “The parish is a large collection of people. Within it, however, are many smaller groups. How many of these smaller groupings do you belong to or participate in?”

And in his book, The Church of Mercy, Pope Francis points out in Chapter 7, “A House of Communion” that as a parish, we are meant to foster unity. My discussion group has shared how so many parishioners are pleased to see the new Hispanic Ministry and what they did on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe; all the many celebrations the Pakistani Apostolate is having; how the Filipino-American community came forward this weekend to honor 
the Santo Niño (Infant Jesus), etc. These and so many more things happen in our parish because of the efforts of these “smaller groupings” to benefit our “one body.” We truly are a community of “many parts”. And “the gifts we have we are given to share…