I find it hard to believe that we are now in the month of October. Time always moves forward and we are called to do the same, forward towards the Kingdom. Our Holy Father Pope Francis has designated October as an Extraordinary Mission Month. World Mission Sunday is always celebrated in October in the Church, but the Holy Father is calling us to give special attention all month to the Church’s missionary efforts around the world in proclaiming the Gospel and advancing the Kingdom of God. Our own Vicki Compton will have several items in the Weekly during the month of October highlighting the Church’s missionary activity.
As October begins we are also kicking off another year of Adult Faith Formation starting this Monday evening at 7PM in the atrium. I will be presenting on the topic of the Church’s process for the canonization of saints, using our own Venerable Father Tolton’s cause as our case study. This was the topic for my thesis when I finished my license in canon law four years ago. This talk is also timed to coincide with the canonization of Cardinal John Henry Newman by Pope Francis on Sunday, October 13th. Father Rankin will be presenting on Cardinal Newman following his canonization. Please check the Weekly for upcoming dates, times, and topics for Adult Faith Formation.
As you may have seen in the Weekly, we have begun another course of preparation for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Sometimes people want to join the faith and they are simply waiting to be invited. Might someone in your life be one of those people? It’s not too late!
In the area of faith formation, we have launched a new catechetical program for our youth and their families called Family of Faith. This new model is directly intended to help parents fulfill the responsibility that they were given at their child’s baptism to be their child’s first teacher in the faith. At the beginning of each month, one of the priests teaches the parents on a specific topic and the parents then teach that topic to their children. We also have an activity with all the families in the program each month. All adults are invited to the parent formation session at the beginning of each month. Again, times and topics can be found in the Weekly or by calling Vicki in the parish office.
At the end of the month we will kick off another Season of Stewardship when all of us will be invited to examine what we are offering to the Lord regarding our service, prayer, and treasure. At that time we will be a month away for our celebration of Thanksgiving, so it will be an appropriate opportunity for us to examine what our response to God is for the good things that he has done for us.
The weather now seems to give the indication that summer is indeed giving way to fall. As the leaves will begin to fall and the color of creation fade, we must always remember that this is a part of creation’s renewal which is always ongoing. The same is true for us with the grace of God; the Lord is always seeking to renew us. I invite all of us to seek those avenues and opportunities for God’s grace so that each of us, and as a parish family, might become more and more the people that the Lord is calling us to be. God bless you!
Father Christopher House is the Rector of the Cathedral and serves in various leadership roles within the diocesan curia, namely Chancellor and Vicar Judicial.