I am delighted to be part of Our Lady of Fatima Parish Community as your pastor for the next few years. I am especially grateful for the welcoming gesture many of you have extended to both Fr. Gorsky and I. Since we are all called to be disciples of Christ through our hospitality to one another, let us extend that same spirit of welcome to all those who are seeking to connect or reconnect with the Church. Pope Francis, in his encyclical Evangelii Gaudium, sees the parish as a locus in our journey, a place of missionary outreach. He laments that “the call to review and renew our parishes has not yet sufficed to bring them nearer to people, to make them environments of loving communion and participation, and to make them completely mission-oriented” [EG 28]. It is every parishioner’s task, not just the hospitality ministers, to make the newcomers feel they belong when they enter our church. We are not unconnected individuals who happen to worship God together, but it is Christ who calls us to gather as a worshipping assembly every Sunday so that we build a Christian community which is also our spiritual home. Let us be mindful of those who are looking for a new place of worship and recall how we feel when we enter our church for the first time. From welcoming to witnessing, our whole community is called by Christ with the mandate: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” [Matthew 25:35].

Rev. Bosco Wong