Why would a youth, or any adult for that matter, want to build a bridge between their hearts and God? One way to answer that question is by addressing the “What’s in it for me?” which is so very obvious and central in our culture. But I suspect that unless we help people change their perception of God, no bridge building to him will take place.
Who is this God whom we worship? How is our/my life connected with this God? Am I existing independently from him? Do we feel compelled to make our moral choices based on his instructions? Why does he seem so distant when I am in pain and difficulties? Why is God so out of touch with today’s culture? Each question presents an opportunity to help our students deepen their appreciation of who this God really is. The difficulty exists in that most of our answers are countercultural and in conflict with the lies that the world is espousing. That makes it all the more necessary, that first of all we, the teachers, live Christ centered lives. Our being needs to radiate the joy of knowing God. It requires that our love for God and others is sacrificial. We need to help our audiences develop a holistic image of God, so that they can answer Jesus’ question; “but who do you say that I am?” To know God is to love God.
Lord, we pray for your help in telling people about you and your love for them, so that they can love you in return. Amen
Notes for the February 11, 2014 Dreaming/Visioning session
Pastor and/or Associate Pastor: Father Jim
Parish Counselors: Shari Loback
Christian Formation: Deacon Phil, Patty, AL
At Large: Theresa
The meeting began with Mass in church and prayer in the upper room. Scripture was from the Gospel of the day. The dialogue question dealt with the ways we use to help our students build bridges between their hearts and God.
Men of Christ conference March 15, 2014. Discussed various means for publication. Shari did put it on the parish website. Theresa will print a flyer and have it inserted in Bulletin. Al will write a bulletin announcement to be run for the next three Weekends. Al will also ask Father Angel to invite the men to attend during weekend Masses. The conference will also be part of the 2014 Lenten action listing.
Do we want to have the Hispanic Community sponsor a Harvest Fest Pot Luck this year?
There was no representative from the Hispanic community present. Al will take the idea to have the Hispanic community to sponsor a Harvest Festival at St Andrew this October. Then next year the Caucasian faction of the parish would be hosting. Theresa and Polly are willing to share what they have learned from putting on the previous festivals.
Budget for 2014/15
We want to keep all of the transportation monies in the budget. We need to budget for printing costs. On top of our budgeting wish list is a mission headlined by a popular speaker.
Your Dreams and your Vision for 2014
Continue the prison ministry. Do the Prayer Tree project. It was recommended that we focus our future efforts in one area. It was agreed, that to make a focused effort work, the current, every-other-month meeting format will not work. The suggestion was made that a subcommittee would need to be created to carry out the focused action. Theresa will put together a Lenten to do list for St Andrew.
Others: Blood Drive
Giovanna Moses wants to hold a community Blood Drive. The plans now are for an off-site location in June 2014. Perhaps the Delavan Woman’s Service Club, who takes care of the four annual blood drives at the Our Redeemer Church, could be asked to help run the drive
New Year’s resolution: Sign a covenant to spend one hour each week at Eucharistic Adoration. Focus to include our Hispanic community.
Theresa and Al dried to salvage the unsuccessful Holy Resolution effort with no luck.
Patty will present one of Christopher Stefanick’s DVDs at the February meeting. One session of Father Baron’s new evangelization will be presented every Thursday during Lent.
Letter writing to people in prison
Discussed earlier. Collecting and donating Bibles and rosaries for the prison ministry was mentioned as an addition to the letter writing.
Frank Runion Al – parish
Due to communication difficulties this did not happen.
Christopher Stefanick Patty school PTA? Others? (see DWTD above)
Grocery bag – food donation as a service project for the school & CF classes.
Recruitment of members for this committee?
Prayer tree to be reconsidered in fall of 2014
Person to research and publish scheduled retreats on our website and in the bulletin
Prayer, Blessing, Song: 816 Where Charity and Love Prevail
Next Meeting April 8, 2014