"Thanks for a great year!"
As I am sitting here thinking of what to write, I am realizing that this June wraps up my 12th year serving our parish and am amazed and honored. Thank you all so much for continuing to allow me to minister to you and your children.
2020 has been quite a year so far and my prayers have been focused on all of those suffering extra hardships during the last few months as I know there are many people who have been negatively affected by these recent events. But I also was able to see some positive outcomes.
I think the one that touched me most was how the Domestic Church came alive in so many households. Each year I search and struggle to find enough catechists to teach in our program, and somehow find just the right one for the job. But this spring, our children had the perfect catechists - their parents. To catechize means to pass on our Catholic Faith, and that is just what the parents of Saint Martha did. The pictures and stories that were shared with me made my heart sing and I know that God was looking down on all of you with a smile as each of you spent time with Him as a family - His perfect plan!
After weeks of not being able to gather in Church, I’m thrilled to say that we have just finished a busy week consisting of a Mass honoring our High School Graduates, 2 Confirmation Masses, and a First Communion Mass. We were also able to welcome 8 new members of our Catholic Faith at Pentecost on May 30th. All of these Sacraments seem to be an end to something, just as the spring seems to be an end to our program for the year, but all of them are just beginnings of something new and better - our Grads are heading off to College, Military or the Work Force. Our Confirmandi are now ready to face the world with the power of the Holy Spirit and our First Communicants are anxious to receive Jesus at every Mass and experience all that He has to give them. Our newest Catholics are just beginning to understand their faith and are excited and hungry for more.
All of this is to say, that even though we have had a very successful and fun year in all of our Faith Formation programs, we are never finished. There is always more. This is the awesomeness of our Faith and our relationship with Christ.
This summer our young children are invited to attend a virtual, yet very active, Vacation Bible School. Our Youth and Young adults will be offered summer events that will bring them together in order to build friendships that help them grow in their faith. And families will continue to receive ideas and resources to help them to continue to share their faith at home.
I am working on several options to offer families for Faith Formation and Sacrament Prep when we come back in the fall, as well as looking at how we can still meet together for fun events like hayrides (for families and middle school youth), the Dynamic Catholic Allen Hunt event in October, and Whole Family Classes.
The circle goes on for another year and I ask for your prayers as we continue to work in order to meet each child and family where they are and bring them always closer to Jesus.
Thank you and God Bless,