indful of the admonition from the Second Vatican Council that we are a learning church and a teaching church, the Land Stewardship Committee of Mary Help of Christians makes the commitment to provide the environment, the opportunity, and the leadership that is in harmony with the goals of the faith community and consistent and supportive of the concept that the parish grounds, a unique and integral part of the composition of the parish, can and should be an educational platform.
The parish grounds, flora and fauna, in the richness of its diversity and delicacy of its balance will assume its rightful place in the overall development of the goals of the parish. This Mission Statement is a pledge by the members of the Land Stewardship Committee to become stewards of the land and to provide and acquire the necessary skills, spiritual development, and mentoring proficiency, to fulfill their Christian obligation to become, like Mary our patroness, Help of Christians.
Pondering Pardigms, Parables and Paradoxes:
To say the forest and prairie is quiet is not, however, to say that it is completely silent. And the darkness in the country carries a different kind of silence. It is the quiet of midnight dew dripping from moon-polished trees; the whispering of tiny feet among the leaf paper on the path; the sibilant sign of something long and unseen hurrying away from your footsteps; or a spectral aerial wraith that flits from treetop to treetop just out of reach of moonlight, sight, and acceptance.
This quietness is that symphony of perfect solitude, the acceptance of the soul finally conversant with itself. It is the peace and the empty black warmth of our own last night on earth. A stillness and a resignation of sorts, shared with all of Nature, while remaining One. And alone.
R.H. Gore III, Ph.D