CATHOLIC ADULT FORMATION AND EDUCATION
Director of Religious Formation
Phone: (248) 243-0251
Lately, we’ve had conversations with the adults in our GIFT program (the formation program where parents come with their K-5th grade kids) about the idea of discernment, and using Lent as a time to make positive change in our lives. I’ve, again, been struck with how “real” the Lenten readings are in portraying Jesus. What I mean by that, is that I think many of us focus on Jesus as a mental construct, or predominantly divine… not focusing on Jesus’ humanity. It’s almost as if, because our knowledge of Him is separated by space and time we are challenged to think of Him as a person who must have enjoyed a good meal and a good laugh with friends. If we remember that Jesus is fully human and fully divine, not part one, or part the other, we can, and should (I think) bring that understanding to the scriptures we read this Lent. I encouraged the parents to read the scriptures, especially the portrayal of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, taking time to reflect on what His feelings must have been. By putting themselves in the story and imagining that they are there, even being as bold as putting themselves in the place of Jesus, they can begin to feel the story. I think we all benefit from this type of reading. Reading the scriptures with our heart first, then moving to our heads (understanding) can impress upon us the REALITY of Jesus’ life, which helps us in approaching Him in prayer. We come to appreciate that He has felt suffering. He understands the feeling of betrayal by friends, etc. In prayer, then, we know that He is a friend who walks with us and loves us deeply, understanding our sufferings and trials, rejoicing in our triumph and joys. May we all journey through Lent, growing in our friendship and appreciation for Jesus and what He has done for us. Let’s take up the challenge to read the scriptures with our hearts.
Peggy Casing, MAPS, MC
Director of Formation
Are You Looking For Something?
Are you looking for deeper meaning in your life? Do you sometimes wonder if God really is “alive?” Are you seeking answers to the big “why” questions of life? Are you just looking for information to explain or deepen your faith? If any of these questions resonate with you, please know that you are not alone, and we can help. Helping people connect with the right information, or the best group to meet their needs is what my ministry is all about! My door is always open. Please contact me with any questions about the faith, or about any of the services we provide. Contact me if you feel like you’ve been away from the Church, and you’d appreciate a listening ear and a helping hand to offer a way back. Again, whatever way I can help, please let me know. I pray that you have a blessed Christmas season, and a healthy and happy New Year. I look forward to hearing from you.
Christian Classics Book Club
On March 20, 2017, at 7:45PM, we’ll discuss the book, fearing the stigmata: Humorously Holy Stories of a Young Catholic’s Search for a Culturally Relevant Faith, by Matt Weber. Here, with wit and earnest candor, Weber shares “both the challenges and the joys of living out the faith on a daily basis.” This light-hearted book might be a good one for you to consider joining us!
Would you like meet others from St. Mary’s?
If you are interested in gathering for social events, prayer, or just getting to know your fellow parishioners, please contact me. St. Mary’s has had a history of assisting folks in forming social groups that meet for a variety of activities. I belong to a group that met for fun activities for our kids, and evenings out for the adults. Eventually, we even went camping together! I am happy to act at the “go to” person in forming some new groups. If you have any interest in being part of a social group, please call me at (248) 243-0251 or email me Peggy Casing
Know Someone in Crisis?
We have a special outreach ministry here at St. Mary’s. We are happy to help those individuals in need of comfort in a time of sorrow, illness, or struggle. We provide that support through prayer and blankets or shawls that are knitted, or crocheted, by members of our volunteer ministry. If you know of a parishioner, or their family member who’d benefit from this ministry, call Peggy Casing at (248) 243-0251.