Our Pastoral Council and I had been hard at work (and prayer!) for more than six months discerning the specific Gospel values embodied both in our worship and our many ministries at St. Rosalie's – in Hampton Bays and in East Quogue.
Rather than have a Mission Statement which enumerates and explains the great number of activities, services and goals which are a part of our life as a Faith-Community, we have attempted a simple yet profound expression of what we believe Christ has sent us to do. As we move forward, we can evaluate all our accomplishments, plans, and directions in light of Jesus' words to us and our efforts at responding.
"We are sent by Jesus..."
The very word "Mission" comes from the Latin meaning "sent". Jesus has from the beginning sent His followers to Baptize, to preach the Gospel, and to love the Father and our neighbor (Matthew 22:37-39)
"as friends who follow in His steps"
"I no longer call you slaves...I have called you friends" (John 15:15) Jesus tells us "I am the way" (John 14:6) Life, truth are found in His steps.
"and are empowered by His Spirit"
"Remain in Me, as I remain in you" (John 15:4). "The Holy Spirit ...will teach you everything" (John 14:26)
"to love and worship our Father"
"I am in my
Father, and you are in me and I in you" (John 14:20)
"and to love each person as another self"
"You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:39) "I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another." (John 13:34)
"through the works of mercy"
The border of
our Mission Statement spells out the works of mercy