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Your MISSION….. Go!

For Lent this year our pastoral region created a new form of parish mission.  It was in large part the result (or the fault, depending on your viewpoint!) of the diocesan Christ at the Center conference held early last October.  Rather than a traditional preaching mission, we presented a participatory, organic, intergenerational and regional event spread across four Sunday evenings, focusing on the Stations of the Cross, and utilizing the talents of our parishes.  Each evening involved prayer, music, scripture, dramatization, presentations, reflection and small group sharing – as well as supper.  Those planning recognized …

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Happy Birthday and Thanks, Mom and Dad!

My parents’ birthdays have come around again.  They are hovering near 80 years old, which is as amazing to me as my oldest son moving that much closer to 30.   As I watch each of these two generations age, and my own bones get creakier, thoughts about the passing on of faith beliefs increasingly occupy my mind. A parishioner made a comment to me last week along the lines that “Sometimes we wait…our entire life, for life to start.”   To the contrary, I learned early that life is to be explored in its possibilities, reflected …

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Random Chaos Interspersed with Amazing ‘Discussion

This weekend, many who are catechumens and candidates in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults will experience the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion, respectively. Our prayers are with them, their sponsors, their families and their faith communities as they continue to prepare to be received into the Church at Easter. Have you been RCIA’d?   Definitely is one form of random chaos for which I can be grateful! Rather to my astonishment I currently find myself director of our regional RCIA program.  As an understatement, my involvement has given me a …

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Emmanuel? Where are you?!

Already it seems 2013 has a lot to answer for!  Too many health problems, vehicle problems, school problems, work problems these last three weeks.  The long grey work days aren’t helping!  Emmanuel, where did you GO?! While fighting the flu last week I was also trying to prepare for the start of a regional World Religions class.  We wonderfully had LOTS of people coming …but then I learned that all the physical set up was going to fall on me – by my lonesome, flu or no flu.  Nope, I wasn’t thrilled. By chance came …

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“LIKE” this, please?!

This blogging stuff can be really hard.  It’s not easy to make yourself vulnerable, to share your thoughts and feelings with anyone and everyone, and to ponder – I cringe to admit – why those reading your posts don’t then “Like” them!  I hate doubting whether what I consider so important and interesting ……really is.   Is what I’m saying ringing any bells with you, at all?  Is it at all relevant to your own life?  Too often I ask those same questions about my efforts at the parishes….are my attempts at adult formation relevant to …

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Hope in Darkness

I’m writing blog post on what is supposed to be last day of the world, five days before Christmas, a week after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary.  When you read this we will most likely be newly in 2013, at the end of the Christmas Season, dealing with the let-down of the often grey days of winter.  The previous year was one of the most violent on record, full of weird storms of all sorts (including the election campaigns!), ongoing wars, and a continually slow economy.  Is there really any hope this year will …

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Don’t Panic!

Are you panicking yet?!  It’s almost here – are you ready?! I will admit to a few moments of anxiety myself these last couple of weeks.   Yikes!  I thought – we’re nowhere near ready!  But any sense of panic is balanced by the realization that Advent is a journey, and Christmas really isn’t THE final destination. We want the holiday to be special, sure, but in so many ways it is just a metaphor for what is (or should be) taking place in our life overall. So, rather than on Christmas Day, perhaps this season’s …

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Praying with that Communion of Saints

I’m always delighted when babies are baptized during Sunday Mass, for any number of reasons.  Chief among them – besides the chance to get a “baby fix” as my husband teasingly puts it- is singing the Litany of the Saints, and so getting a “saint fix” also. I have to admit, the Litany always gives me chills – of the good type.  I find it very cool to invoke the names of so many of the great men and women of our faith, and to ask for their prayers not only for this new child of …

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Real Life of a Regional Lay Minister

In June this year our NW Dayton Pastoral Region truly became a reality as Precious Blood, St. Paul’s and St. Rita’s parishes and Mother Brunner school came together definitively as a region. As director of adult faith formation, and the first regional employee, these past months have been both incredibly challenging, and very fulfilling.  My candid thoughts so far on what parish regionalization from the staff perspective is like: I knew this role was going to require organizational skills, so I’m very glad for those God-given talents. It’s amazing – and very cool – how …

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