Despite the weather we had a great turnout for the 2017 Bicycle Blessing. Click the picture to see all of the photos.
Message from Walter Vance, Sr Warden
Please welcome our new Rector – Father Dominique Peridans!
It is with great joy that I am letting you know that the vestry, through its discernment process, called Father Dominique Peridans to become our permanent Rector; and Father Dominique accepted that call. I am grateful to God to be able to share this news with you.
To prepare this announcement I first looked back at what I had written to the parish on October 2, 2015 when I was letting everyone know that Father Dominique was coming to us as our Priest-In-Charge. As a portion of that communication I wrote “Several of the folks we talked to about Father Dominique during the hiring process have remarked that he has a real ‘heart for Jesus’ and we are grateful he has agreed to be with us and look forward to our spiritual growth and parish development under his leadership.
Please join the vestry in praying for Father Dominique's ministry here at ASA. Pray that his ministry helps us to grow spiritually, in numbers, and in service to God's kingdom” Our junior warden - Rex Tomb (to whom I am forever in debt) and myself believe that these initial hopes and prayers communicated to you over 18 months ago have been fulfilled.
As you know, the selection process took several months and involved both our Discernment Committee, the Vestry—indeed, the entire parish. Under the leadership of Susan Hawfield (with a major assist from Elizabeth Vish), a survey was prepared and disseminated to all active parishioners, including members of the Vestry. Information from the survey was then closely analyzed by the Vestry. The ensuing vestry conversation was prayerful and honest. We sought to hear all voices, all opinions. Throughout this process your Vestry, brothers and sisters in Christ, was united and focused. The Holy Spirit was (and is!) in our midst… I want to assure you that every step of the way, God's guidance was sought by all involved. All of us desired that His will be done. Our mission, to which we were committed as a group: to find a Rector capable of bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to both our im-mediate community and to the city at large. I believe that our selection was a result of that “still small voice” of the Holy Spirit speaking to us. I was proud to have been involved in this process, and hope that I'm not being presumptuous when I say that all involved feel the same way.
I would like to thank Father Dominique, the members of the vestry (including our very able treasurer Hamilton Cook), the members of the discernment committee (Babs Bailey, Roland Dedmon, Susan Hawfield, Craig Metz, Chuck Partridge, and Elizabeth Vish) and the entire parish for your involve-ment with this process. At our ASA annual meeting (Sunday June 11th) we will publicly thank all of the individuals on the vestry and discernment committee and also give more details about the survey and discernment process. Please join me in welcoming Father Dominique as our new Rector. God Bless Father Dominique and God bless Ascension and St. Agnes.
### To read Father's message about his call click here.
From the Desk of the Rector (#12thandMass):
Father Dominique Peridans
If You Love Me… Jesus says, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (this Sunday’s gospel: (John 14:15). So, we must prove our love for Jesus?!? No pressure! Or, is Jesus saying something else? I would venture to say that, although love must translate into action, and this only occurs if we choose, more than proving our love, Jesus is inviting us to choose to participate in His love. And, this we do, in a special way, in loving one another. In the previous chapter 13, Jesus gives the new commandment: “that you love one another”, to which one may understand Him to be referring here. This love with which we are to love one another is the divine love, the “charity” (to use a more traditional term) deposited in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. And thus, as St. Thomas Aquinas articulates in his treatise on charity, when we exercise this love, “created charity”, we participate in the life of the Holy Spirit, “uncreated charity. To continue reading this and other posts, click here.
Pictures from Confirmation 2017
For your calendar
Sunday, May 28 Celebration of the Feast of the Ascension. Coffee Hour Talk "Why a love-feast?: A history and theology of coffee hour." by Deacon Fred
Thursday, June 1 Happy, Happy Hour, for all event volunteers to celebrate the success of the Blessing of the Bicycles, from 6::00 pm to 7:30 pm in the rectory.
Pentecost Sunday, June 4 Coffee Hour Parish BBQ on the front lawn. Jon Musser’s final Sunday as a seminarian assistant with ASA.
Sunday, June 11 Annual Meeting (moved from the traditional first Sunday in June in order to accommodate Pentecost)
Saturday, June 17 Baptism of Isabel Hoon, daughter of Philip and Mallory Hoon who are new to the parish.
Sunday, June 25 Mary McCue’s final Sunday as a deacon candidate in our midst.
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