Father Joseph's Reflection
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

I think we finally have all the pieces set for the coming year. As I mentioned before I was unable to find a candidate to completely fill the position Andi had, but we will be able to take care of our needs in a different way. I asked Kim to take on volunteer coordination and support, so all your great ideas can go through her now. She will also be the queen bee of outreach and hospitality, which includes Senior First Fridays and parish events! To cover more of the RCIA/Sacramental prep side of things I’ve hired Lila Ruiz on board part-time. She is a parishioner over at Assumption and has two kids in the school. Lila (pronounced Lee-la) is in the process of getting a degree in theology so who knows what the future might bring?

I have always been of the opinion that learning is for everyone, so I try and have as many opportunities for people to learn and engage as possible. Often there is a misconception that RCIA is just about learning. There is also a much more in depth process of human, emotional, and spiritual formation that goes along with it. With the set up now, RCIA/Adult Confirmation programs have a period of time before and after the teaching session for the human, spiritual formation where it can be done in an appropriate atmosphere while leaving catechesis open to everyone. I have done this at the last three parishes I have worked at and it’s always been a hit. My style of teaching is super comprehensive and question and answer based. Basically, picture an hour of “Ask the Priest any question you want”, and you’ll have a good idea of what it will be like. I love it because it’s like faith-based dodgeball. It keeps me on my toes and is tons of fun for everyone. Whether you are new to the faith, or a grizzled veteran there is always something to learn! The great part is that the atmosphere is laid back, so that someone could attend without feeling put on the spot, but the teaching is substantive. Questions are taken from all, I even have slips of paper for the quieter ones among us, and more often than not we still deeply cover whatever the lesson of the night is supposed to be. So come one—come all; and bring your friends to “Tuesday Catechesis”! The best part is that you don’t have to be there every week, and you can come and go, so there is lots of flexibility. This is a great advantage for our busy world. You can come once a month, every week, or just whenever you can. Look for the fliers in the back of the church.

Prayers Always, Fr. Joseph Altenhofen