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A Legacy of Giving

Centuries ago in a little village nestled in Europe, a nobleman wanted to leave a legacy to his townspeople. After much thought, he finally decided to build a church. When the people gathered, they marveled at the church’s beauty. “But where are the lamps? How will the church be lighted?” one villager inquired. In answer, the nobleman pointed to some brackets on the wall. He then gave each family a lamp to be carried to each worship service and hung on the wall. “Each time you are here”, he explained, “the area where you are seated will be lighted. Each time you are not here, that area will be dark. When you fail to come to church, some part of God’s house will be dark.”

Still today, travelers to this small village will hear church bells ringing and see families coming down the narrow streets, each bearing a little lighted lamp. One might think that being asked to bring their own light would keep these folks from attending the worship service, but just the opposite is true. Everybody that goes makes it a little brighter. When anyone is tempted to stay at home or go somewhere else, they remember that the old church needs everyone’s lamp, because if even one lamp is missing, there is much less light.

The nobleman’s legacy was far greater than the old church building itself. He taught us that as Christians, we are part of something bigger than ourselves. And that while no one person can do everything – each can do a little. As Christians, OUR legacy is to light the way for others.

I would like to extend a personal invitation to you to consider serving as a Catechist (Religion Teacher) in our Faith Formation Program. Even if you have never considered the possibility of sharing your faith as a teacher in our program, I invite you to come and see what is involved. A Catechist helps young people learn about their faith. Catechists use lesson plans developed by the Faith Formation Office, the text book, and personal gifts and talents to share their Catholic faith with our young people. Benefits include training for the ministry and the joy that comes from sharing your faith with the young people in our parish family Catechists are required to complete a background check and a 3-hour Virtus Training (paid for by the parish) before beginning their ministry.

I can already hear you saying “But I’m not qualified”, or “I don’t have the time”! Do you think our Catechists are “theologians”? Guess gain! They are Mom’s and Dad’s and students. They are married and single, young and old, who juggle classes and their children’s soccer, piano and hockey schedules. They are people just like YOU!

We have small groups of students (10 or less), and complete lesson plans to help with each class.

The times are:
Sunday School 10:00 – 11am for our 3, 4, and 5 year olds (during the 10am Mass)
Wednesday's 5:30 – 6:30 – Grades 1 – 6
Wednesday's 6:45 – 8:00pm – Grades 7 – 10 and Confirmation

I am committed to making sure that you feel confident and competent in your role as a Catechist. We who serve in our Faith Formation Program are continually energized by the Spirit of God alive in our Catechists.
Come and be a part of us!

Please pray about this and be open to where the Spirit may be leading you! God’s people working together leaves a mark that cannot be erased. We create a “legacy of giving”. No one can carry this load alone, nor can just a few. It takes all of us a parish family. God is calling you to do your part!

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please come to our Catechist Informational Meeting on: Wednesday, August 17 at 6:30pm in the Faith Formation Office. Do you have further questions? Call Marti in the Faith Formation Office at 468.6554


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