Father Leif's Column from this weekend's Bulletin
Dear People of God,
It is amazing the number of people who come out to make the Fall Festival such a huge event: the Fish Fry on Friday the Bingo and Auctions, the Stores and Sales, the Burger Fry supper, the Pork Commercial Dinners, the Raffles, and all that goes into planning and accounting for all of these important fundraisers. We are profoundly thankful for their generous service to the parish.
Beyond that there are people who do Adoration for hours during the year, members of the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, the Lay Franciscans, the St. Vincent de Paul society, and the many parish committees and councils. All of these members of the parish express their faith by building community and serving others.
Please listen to the call of the Parish Community to step forward and share the faith with a group of young people in Faith Formation. We are in great need of people to share the faith with the next generation.
Each year (5th grade through 12th) has a curriculum and Kayla Greiner will walk through each lesson with anyone who is not familiar with the process. But we cannot pass the faith on without many members of the parish to come forward and accept the calling to help form the faith of those who are young.
As the scripture says: “do not say I am too young or too old” because we need those who have faith to witness their faith and share faith understanding with those who have not had the opportunity to learn about the scripture, the sacraments, and the church teachings about our lives in the world.
Call the parish office today and allow the Lord to work though you to walk with our young people on this faith journey. You are the one who can make a difference. We need 4 people in 7th grade, 1 adult in 8th Grade, 3 people in 9th Grade, and 2 people in 10th Grade.
A few people have stepped forward to help lead our young people. Some have been waiting for someone else to do this so that they can step away from the demand. This year we are asking that you not say someone will do it. Instead please say I will step up and give of myself on Wednesday evenings in order to get to know the young people and to allow the Kingdom of God to become a bit more real in this place.
When young people know that you care for them, they will respond in kind. When we talk about God with them, we all speak humbly because none of us has all the answers to all the important questions. If you have received the faith from those who went before you, then honor them by sharing the faith with those who are coming to learn. Please call and get started now. May the Lord renew our parish.
~Father Gregory Leif