The Results Are In
Last Sunday, we had two Wax Museums to discern the future patron saint of our parishes. It was very successful. Three hundred twenty-nine votes were cast. Attendees could select their top three patrons. The three finalists are (in alphabetical order): the Holy Face of Jesus, St. John Paul II, and Saints Peter and Paul. It was an incredible event and I’d like to highlight a couple things about this Wax Museum.
The event was family friendly and engaging for all ages. Adult parishioners were genuinely attentive to the stories of the saints. In addition, children really enjoyed the event. They were excited to meet the different saints, collect holy cards, and hear stories. There were many smiles on faces, whether elderly, middle age, teenagers, or children.
Coming to the Wax Museum was an investment. Growing in our faith takes time, it doesn’t happen accidentally. Those who were willing to give a little over an hour on a Sunday greatly benefited from the event. They learned about saints throughout the centuries. The Wax Museum was not just a social event, although this was wonderful. It was also an opportunity to deepen our knowledge and love of the Catholic faith. It both built the community and nourished our spiritual lives.
The Wax Museum showed a great model of leadership. Our staff did a great job organizing the event. They helped parishioners to share their faith. There was a great relationship between the parishioners who dressed up as saints and presented to everyone. It was wonderful to watch our parishioners take ownership over the stories and lives of the saints. The parishioners who dressed up as saints even got a little competitive about the results.
The event ended before the Blessed Sacrament. We asked everyone to come before the Eucharist before casting his or her vote. Isn’t this how decisions should be made? We had everyone go before Jesus in the Eucharist to encourage a spirit of prayer. Ultimately, this isn’t our decision. We should open our hearts and minds to the Holy Spirit and listen to God’s voice. This was a powerful way to end things, before our Lord in the Eucharist. Every aspect of parish life should begin with the Eucharist and lead us to Jesus in the Eucharist.
This was a great event because it was engaging for all generations. It both built the community and offered faith formation. The Wax Museum placed on-fire parishioners in leadership roles and our staff did a great job training and assisting our parishioners. Finally the Wax Museum led us to Jesus in the Eucharist; again, every aspect of parish life should lead us to the merciful love of Jesus.
As far as selecting a patron saint goes, we are down to three possibilities. The Holy Face of Jesus, St. John Paul II, and St. Peter and St. Paul. It is time to start discerning personally. Ask for the Holy Spirit to guide us. Please, please, please do not make up your mind already. At the end of the Wax Museum many people said, “I came here thinking I was going to vote for __, but after learning and praying, I’m thinking differently.” Please let God guide you in this.
The vote will be sometime in January or February. There are a couple different things that I’m tossing around to prepare for the vote. Maybe we preach about each of the saints on the weekends leading up to the vote or we do a video. Stay tuned for more details.
As I said, please continue to pray that God will reveal His plan for our parishes.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Sean Wilson