We have come to believe in God's love: in these words the Christian can express the fundamental decision of his life. Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.

The Parish Leadership Team, from left to right: Carrie Ward, Ted LeMier, Fr. Luke Meyer, Dave Shorma, and Molly Rodenbiker

I am excited to announce the start of a Parish Leadership Team here at Sts. Anne and Joachim.  I have invited four parishioners to join me and assisting me in certain areas of leadership in our community.  Carrie Ward, Ted LeMier, David Shorma, and Molly Rodenbiker are all part of our new team.  They have been very active in our parish already, and I am grateful to their “yes” to this significant commitment to a volunteer team that will be meeting weekly.  Inviting others to lead with me has been an enriching and encouraging experience, as we will be blending various talents and experiences, sharing faith and inspiration, and empowering greater responses to mission and fruitfulness in the life of the Church.  Find below some more details about our new Parish Leadership Team.

-Fr. Luke, September 30, 2023

For me this word is very important. Encounter with others. Why? Because faith is an encounter with Jesus, and we must do what Jesus does: encounter others.

Encountering Jesus

  • Ignite the Night – First Wednesday’s Prayer, Adoration, Praise and Worship at 7:30 pm
  • Parish Mission – Church on Fire with Bart Schuchtes Oct 1-3, 2023
  • Catholic Man Night – As scheduled Thursday night at 6:30pm, a time for Eucharistic Adoration, confessions, a speaker, and community
  • Women Adoring Jesus – As scheduled on Thursday night at 6:30pm, similar to Catholic Man Night, a time for adoration, confessions, speakers and community among the women of our parish.

Key Responsibilities

  • Promote core values of a healthy parish culture, namely unceasing prayer, active discipleship and healthy teamwork. 
  • Help the pastor establish clear priorities and fulfill the mission entrusted to the parish.
  • Assist the pastor in aligning staff, volunteers, councils, and parishioners around the direction and priorities of the parish.
  • Being attentive to the needs of the parish – from day to day tactical work to big picture strategy.
  • Work for the health and effectiveness of the entire parish, not simply personal areas of expertise or responsibility.
  • Discern six to twelve month initiatives, areas of attention, and/or topics of focus with the Pastor that respond to and serve the current circumstances of the parish community.
  • Hear more about Parish Leadership Teams from the 2023 Amazing Parish Summit