Starting July 1, I will be adding on to my role as Director of Adult Faith Formation by also being the Coordinator of the RCIA (Becoming Catholic) program here at OLIH. To prepare for this I have begun to make many changes. I am stepping out of several groups that I have attended for the last 4 years, we have shifted responsibilities and projects to others, and I have prayed that God will lead me to those who can assist in strengthening what is already happening in both Adult Faith Formation and RCIA.
When I look at adult faith here at OLIH I see so many opportunities. When I arrived here four years ago I was amazed by the thriving adult formation that was present. There is a strong desire for growth! I personally desire to see this all continue and to grow even with my focus being shifted. I ask you to prayerfully consider what your gifts are and how you might be called to share those within our community.
I know that personal invitations are more powerful, but I also must admit that there are many people in this parish I do not know. My personal initiation would only go as far as my personal experience, yet I know there are people here with gifts and talents I am not aware of yet. I want you to know that I would love to get to know you better and work with you to use your gifts and talents for this community! Those of you I do know, be aware that many of you have been on my heart and mind as I contemplate what the future holds, so feel free to come and talk with me if there is anything you see that speaks to you!
We already have some amazing things that happen at our parish, like CEW, that happen because of the hard work and sharing of gifts that so many of our parishioners do. I’d love to see a few more things continue to grow and that can only happen through with the assistance of others. Here are some areas that I would like to see grow with the help of people like you who are willing to make it happen!
Pilgrimages: in my four years here we have done 2 amazing pilgrimages. These take time to plan. I’d love a committed group interested in planning with me day trips or overnight excursions to wonderful places where people can grow in community and faith!
Speaker Series: My dream has been to start a kind of “speaker series.” I’m not sure what that looks like and would love to have a group that is interested in helping me to find and coordinate with speakers. This is all new – so the possibilities of what we do are limitless.
Parish Mission planners: We are looking at a parish mission next Lent and a group of people willing to help with the details and planning of this multiple night event are necessary to make it all work! Many hands make light work of an event of this size!
Hospitality: I am always letting people know that hospitality is not my gift. If you come to my house I will sit down with you and talk for an hour before I think to offer you a glass of water. So I need people all the time who are willing to plan and live out the gift of hospitality at various events throughout the year.
In addition to these somewhat “new” requests I am always looking for people willing to facilitate Bible Study or faith sharing groups at the parish. The Jeff Cavins three-year series was only available due to two gentlemen who came to me saying they wanted to share what they had learned! What a gift to the many people who were able to take part in one, two or all three years! Many pieces of adult faith formation happen because someone came forward with an interest and a desire to share. So, let’s keep learning, growing and sharing with one another, feeding each other as we go along this journey of faith!
The weekend of June 8 and 9 I will be available after all the Masses in Mary’s Place to talk about any of these opportunities, answer questions, or set up a time to meet with you one-on-one for more information! I look forward to partnering with you as we walk this journey of life!
~ Patty Mayer, Director of Adult Faith Formation
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Read books, watch DVD's or listen to CD's available in the Library or on the Library Cart in the gathering space. Not sure what to study? Here's what's available in the Adult Faith office, just contact Patty to check them out!
Come pray in St Michael's chapel anytime the church building is open.
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Seven Sisters Apostolate: Seven women who spend one hour a week in prayer for Father Michael! For more information on how to become one of the Seven Sisters, or a sub, contact: Dawn Martin
To join a Seven Sisters Apostolate for Fr Steve Orr contact: Catherine Vance
Interested in a retreat? Check out CEW here at OLIH, or follow any of these links to learn more about retreat centers within a few hours drive!
Check the "Get Involved" section of the website - there you will find ways to actively live out Jesus's call to discipleship. There are many ways to get involved through Liturgical Ministries, many varied ministries within the parish, organizations that benefit the parish and the larger community and finally opportunities of outreach to those in our community, the greater DSM area and even to the 'ends of the earth.'