In light of this Year of Faith I would like to recommend that we all make some conscious effort to do something new in order to more deeply grow in our faith. Three such opportunities of which I would like you make you aware are upcoming retreats, Catholicism 101, and our series of movie showings.
Regarding a retreat, our community has the opportunity to participate in Cursillo and ACTS retreats. Both of them are similar in structure and have the intent of building up and deepening one’s faith. Please watch the bulletin for the dates for these two retreats. I believe it to be the case that going on a retreat is a profound way to deepen one’s faith. I know that is the case for me, for my annual retreat is an essential part of my spiritual growth. Again, see the bulletin for details about these retreats.
Some of you may already know that I have been offering a monthly series called “Catholicism 101.” Coincidentally, many parishes have encouraged to show Robert Barron’s “Catholicism” DVD series which we have been already doing. I have been offering this once a month in the Parish Center between the 8 AM Mass and 11 AM Mass. The actual dates vary due to my rotation in the liturgy schedule. But we do our best to make sure that is advertised appropriately in the bulletin and in our online calendar. I find these videos to be excellent. In fact, I cannot think of a better video series, yet published, that presents the Catholic Faith in such a holistic way.
May this Year of Faith encourage you to seek out opportunities to grow in your faith. May it help you to proclaim the Gospel with your life.
Fr. William Holtzinger