Evangelization is a work of helping others along the journey toward discipleship, toward knowing Christ Jesus and living for Him, or better yet, in Him. This is usually a process, that takes people through, as Sherry Weddell describes in her watershed book (Forming Intentional Disciples, 2012) five different "thresholds" of conversion. Trust leads to curiosity, to openness, to seeking (pursuing), to intentional discipleship. We need to journey with people through all these steps to lead them to decide to give themselves entirely to Christ, to choose a God-centered life. This is not easy, and it never happens overnight, even though we may tell stories that seem to suggest it does.
At any given time there are between 45 and 50 parishioners that are not able to get to Mass.
The Knights of Columbus of St. Therese chapter is initiating a plan to assist Fr. Terry and those currently taking Communion to many of the homebound, in visiting all homebound members of our parish. We feel that with help from the brother knights and an increased team of parish volunteers, we will be able to help Father visit and give the Holy Eucharist to all. While the commitment of time is small, one hour per week will be huge to those that may be lonely and in need of receiving Communion.
Starting dates for The Wild Goose are February 18/19 Monday evenings – 7:00-8:30pm Tuesday mornings – 9:15-10:45am
Fr. Dave Pivonka, creator and host of the The Wild Goose, has told us: “If you allow him, the Wild Goose will lead you on an adventure greater than you can imagine.” This series can be a source of freedom and a transformation that can change your life. All for the better.
The Knights of Columbus local St. Therese Martin council 17043 is hosting a great opportunity for Lenten renewal. Thursdays at 6pm, beginning on February 28. Room 2 of the Parish Center
"Into the Breach", a brief exhortation written by Bishop Olmstead of Phoenix in 2015 to address the need for Catholic men to step up and fully embrace their role in building the faith. There is no cost for this discussion group, only reward and fellowship!
Friendship with God, Friendship with Our Spouse, In the Holy Spirit
The Marriage in Christ seminar is five weeks long (one 2-hour evening per week). It is for all marriages, not just those who are struggling or newly married. Each night includes a video of a short episode to present that week’s topic, small group
“The evil of racism festers in part because, as a nation, there has been very limited formal acknowledgement of the harm done to so many, no moment of atonement, no national process of reconciliation and, all too often a neglect of our history.”-pastoral letter, Open Wide Our Hearts.
Some may think that racism is not a major issue of our society because of gains of the civil rights movement and legislation. But it’s the very persistence of racism that motivated the bishops to write their pastoral letter. In the words of Pope Francis, let no one “think that this invitation is not meant for him or her.”