Dear Brothers and Sisters,

You will be pleased to hear that the construction of the second phase of our All Souls Pro Life Garden is nearing completion. This addition to our campus draws together several aspects of our life together. Firstly, the inscribed memorial bricks remembering our loved ones who have died are incorporated into the design. As we pray and worship in the outdoor chapel, we will have their memory with us.

The second aspect is our pro-life ministry. I am proud of our very active and positive Pro-Life outreach at Our Lady of the Rosary. For years now the Pro-Life team have built and maintained a small garden of remembrance on the East side of Guadalupe Hall (Augusta Road side). This memorial garden will now be moved and incorporated into the new All Souls Pro Life chapel. This provides a larger space for Pro-Life meetings and the design of the new All Souls Pro Life Chapel echoes the one that has been established for some time.

The third aspect is our shared worship. The new All Souls Pro Life chapel will be an ideal place for our school children to meet for prayer together outdoors. It will also be a quiet place for private prayer and meditation. It will be ideal for an annual All Souls Mass and Corpus Christi procession and devotions. To make this area as beautiful and peaceful as possible I would like to develop it further as a genuine garden space. Some plantings have already been established, but we need a dedicated team of volunteers who will envision that space and help us develop its full potential as a beautiful garden—planning and planting and maintaining the garden. Do you have a green thumb? Will you volunteer to be part of an All Souls Pro Life Garden team? If so, please be in touch with Beth at the parish office.

In addition to the All Souls Pro Life Chapel, work will soon start on solving the drainage and erosion problem on the East side of the campus. Once that work is finished, we will move forward to complete the landscaping on the Augusta Road side of our campus. This should take place this Fall when planting time is best. We hope to accomplish this with a few parish work days. Stay tuned!

Finally, we are still in discussion and discernment stage about our property at 10 James Drive. You will notice that already it looks much better. The fences have been removed and the back yard has been cleaned up so the house really looks like part of our property. Members of the building committee have come to the decision that the best thing to do is to make that property habitable. It needs a fair bit of work to get it into shape. If you would like to volunteer to be part of the fix up team for 10 James Drive please be in touch with Beth at the parish office. I’m confident that with some of our volunteer labor and generous donations we can get that place ship shape for a minimum outlay. Once it is livable, we can move forward with exactly how the Lord wants us to use it to further our mission in this community.

We are moving forward in faith and confidence in the power of the gospel to live out our faith in this place, and we know that these practical matters are part of building God’s kingdom.

Thank you for your time, enthusiasm, generosity and support for our parish during this most difficult year!

Your Pastor,

Fr. Longenecker