Celebrating 50 Years in 2017!
From Fr. Brian:
Yes, on Sunday, September 10, 2017 we will gather with our shepherd Archbishop Bernard Hebda to celebrate fifty years of existence as a church. Note that on this special day our Mass schedule will change. Rather than two Masses, we will have just one Mass at the special time of 10:00am. We are hoping for a grand celebration! Our 50th Anniversary Task Force, Feast of St. Edward Committee, Community Life Commission and Parish Council are already at work to create a memorable gathering. Be sure to mark September 10th on your calendar.
What memories does this announcement bring forth for you? How long have you been part of our community? What has been your experience? What is your sense of our “spirit”? Consider a portion of the foreword from It Was Almost Techla chronicling our first ten years: “…no ordinary parish. Ask any of the parishioners why, and they…let you know that Saint Edward’s is different; different from any other parish they have ever known…maybe the reason is to be found in the heart and soul of the man who breathed life into the parish, Father Paul Dudley. The people believe that his profound love for God and humanity is the cornerstone on which he built the parish. Father Dudley lived a life of concern for the people and never thought of the parish of Saint Edward’s as the bricks and mortar that blended into a handsome edifice. The building was only a convenience to serve as a meeting place for the people to worship their God and openly express their love and concern for one another. From the day of its beginning, Saint Edward’s has been a parish where people come to be joyful and friendly as they celebrate the liturgy. It is a parish where families gather as a group to sing and pray and where they are happy together in the presence of the Lord.”
Having served as a co-pastor with Bishop Paul Dudley back in 1995/1996 at the Church of St. Dominic in Northfield, I can personally attest to his love for the Church and for humanity. His spirit inspired countless people to embrace the faith, hope and love of Jesus Christ. Yes, we were blessed to have such a wonderful founding pastor.
I pray that we all will take time during these months leading up to our 50th to reflect upon the founding spirit of our church, as well as to recommit ourselves to continue the good work begun by our founding members. May God bless us in our efforts to build the kingdom here at the Church of St. Edward.