Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter

Dear Sisters and Brothers –

The feature article in the current issue of Mission magazine, (a publication of Jesuits West, available at the church doors), begins, “Jesuits West, the newest province of the Society of Jesus in the United States, came into existence July 1, standing ready to serve as a force for good to God’s people in 10 Western states and beyond.

“… Jesuits West is a broad network of approximately 100 ministries and works that offers education through universities, high schools, and Nativity schools; Ignatian spirituality through parishes and retreat and spirituality centers; help and guidance to the poor and marginalized through social ministries; education and training for the next generation of Jesuit priests and brothers; and care of senior and infirm Jesuits who have dedicated their lives to the service of others.

“The new province, which reunites the former California and Oregon provinces since their split up in 1932, will continue the Jesuit tradition of going to the margins of society to provide education, spirituality, and justice wherever it is needed.”

In August, Gary Price and I traveled to Los Angeles to be with some 250 Jesuits and lay women and men from Alaska to Arizona and Hawaii to Montana who work in those approximately 100 ministries of the new province. Convened by our provincial to mark the foundation of Jesuits West, we gathered to pray and to talk about the priorities of the province and begin conversations about how Jesuit works will work together regionally to incorporate those priorities into our ministries.

On October 1, the North Bay region (which is comprised of the ministries of St. Agnes and St. Ignatius Parishes, USF, St. Ignatius College Prep, and the Jesuit School of Theology) will celebrate the new province. We will gather for Eucharist at 10:00 am in St. Ignatius Church and follow with a reception. Please mark your calendars. (Please be aware that on Sunday, October 1st, our 9:30 am and 11:00 am Masses will be combined into one 10:00 am Mass.)

On another note, I would like to invite you to attend our annual presentation on our parish goals for the year ahead and our stewardship of parish resources. We will present an overview of the past year’s accomplishments, our plans for the near future, and a five-year overview of income and expenses. Our goal is to engage you about your plans to give you an opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions. The presentation will be on Sunday, September 24, after the 9:30 am Mass. Please join us.

For those who will be unable to attend, we will post the presentation on the website, where it will be accompanied by a summary document highlighting key points.

Please be assured of my prayers for you and your families as we embark on another year.

Oremus pro invicem.

Fr. Greg