Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We live in a world that never stops. From 24 hour restaurants to stores opened 7 days a week. There is always something on TV, which now we can even choose the shows we like and watch them at anytime! However, this also presents a challenge to ourselves and our faith. It’s very difficult to stop our lives to contemplate the mysteries of our faith or even to have a time to reflect upon God in our own lives.
Starting in a couple of weeks, we will begin to have mini-retreats here in the parish. We will start with the Lector’s on Saturday, October 19th from 9:00am-12:00pm, Eucharistic Ministers on Saturday, October 26th, 9:00am-12:00pm and Altar Server’s on Sunday, October 20th from 3:00pm-4:00pm. We will spend time in prayer, reflection and we will go over some practical points of each ministry. These mini-retreats will also serve if someone would like to start serving God and his people by becoming a lector, Eucharistic Minister or altar server. We are in need of help in each of those ministries, so please pray about it. We will guide you step by step in what to do and how to do it! For those interested, please contact Lee Ann at the office.
We are also planning a ProLife retreat. October is a month dedicated to the promotion of life (which covers all the topics from babies to the elderly population). Deacon Chuck and Christine Lehane will be coordinating that event.
Later on in the year, we will have a parish wide retreat. We are looking for a speaker who can lead us in prayer for that day. Once we have a name and date we will start advertising.
Lastly, it is not so much a retreat, but quality time to spend with family and friends and contributing to IC School. I would like to bring to your attention an event that the IC School Parents Association (ICSPA) is organizing - a Harvest Festival at the end of October. It will be great! Please look below for the Save the Date Flyer. David Ringland, the president, along with other parents are working hard for the success of this event. Next week Mr. Ringland will write more about the event. Please mark in your calendars October 26th (PLEASE SAVE THIS DATE).
Father Steven Clemence