Polly Ministry Reflection

From the Faith Formation Office: It’s Summer!

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guard stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil;
for God gives to his beloved sleep
(Psalm 127:1,2)

Is anyone else out there as tired as I am of the word “busy”? Lately it seems to be the top adjective we use to describe ourselves and our lives. The question is:  What are we busy about? Is our busyness purposeful, intentional, and meaningful? Or are we on auto-pilot, spending our days “eating the bread of anxious toil” and our leisure time in pursuits that do not deeply satisfy?

Summer typically means a different kind of busy. The picture of an endlessly lazy summertime-- kids lolling in the grass watching clouds go by, climbing trees and catching fireflies-- may be, alas, a quaint relic of bygone days. But summer can still be a chance for renewal and reconnection with the best of life, most essentially our relationships with God, family, friends, and the natural world.

Summer is a wonderful time to go a bit deeper in our faith lives.  Some folks make a retreat; some pick up the religiously-themed book collecting dust on the bedside table; some might attend an occasional weekday Mass or monthly Adoration or commit to another spiritual practice.

Epiphany’s Faith Formation Office is up to a “different kind of busy” this summer, offering various opportunities for all ages to grow in faith.  How about joining in?  (Maybe summer can be about more than the ubiquitous “screen”!)

Rejoice and Be Glad! Pope Francis has given us some great summer reading in Rejoice and Be Glad: On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World.  26 folks in two study groups will be opening this gift together this summer. Consider joining us by reading this very accessible spiritual offering on your own.  As incentive, the Formation Office is giving away three free copies of Rejoice and Be Glad and two free copies of a 30-day reflection booklet based on the document. First come, first served: Contact Polly@EpiphanyCatholicChurch.org to claim your prize! 

And for those who prefer to read Rejoice and Be Glad online, please click here:

Bibletimes: Not your typical VBS! Register your child to experience life in biblical times July 9th-13th, 9:00 a.m.-noon at Epiphany.  Adult and youth volunteers needed!  Registration deadline is June 22. Click here for more info and to sign up:

On Parenting: Plan to attend “Our Children Are Raising Us: Parenthood and the Path to Heaven,” a presentation by Mike Allen, Friday, July 20, 6:00-8:00 pm in the Community Center. Mike Allen (MDiv, DMin), the Director of Family Life and Evangelization for the Diocese of Lexington, is a former Methodist pastor; he and his wife Angie entered the Catholic Church as adults, have been married thirty years, and have seven children aged 12-25. Refreshments served and childcare provided on request: Contact Polly@EpiphanyCatholicChurch.org.

Evangelize! Members of our RCIA Team will attend a daylong workshop on “Discernment of Spirits.” Do you know someone interested in Catholic Christianity? Summer is a great time to reach out for an informal chat about faith, and our RCIA Team is ready to help. Let us know about potential “inquirers” by contacting Polly@EpiphanyCatholicChurch.org. 

¿Se Habla Espanol? Recently I challenged our youth Confirmation candidates to stretch themselves this summer by attending a Mass in Spanish. A great opportunity to get to know Epiphany’s Hispanic community! Thursdays, 6:00 p.m., in the Worship Center.

I will be working on my own Spanish skills June15th - July 3rd at an immersion course in Miami. So…Happy summer, and Hasta La Vista!

Polly Duncan Collum

Director of Faith Formation

 

 

 

 

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