01/07/2018 - COME AND SEE!

Our celebration of the Birth of our Savior, Jesus, at the 4pm Christmas Eve Holy Mass was vibrant and joyful because of both the presence and the involvement of the young families in our parish.

We saw this same vibrancy and joy when our faith formation program brought our Nativity Play to the Windermere Nursing Home during the Advent season. The presence and the involvement of our young families is essential for any initiative to thrive in a parish.

I am so excited that we will be launching a new faith formation program entitled the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, in the fall of 2018. After reading the book of the foundress and many fruitful discussions, it became clear to me that Jesus was asking us to revolutionize our faith formation at St. Louise. He wanted us to give Him a new wine skin so that He could pour new wine into our program.

The Big Three of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Three of the strengths of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd are: 1) it embraces the reality that our children stand already in relationship with our Father in heaven. The whole program is geared to help the children discover and enter personally into that relationship with our Good and Loving Father. 2) The proclamation of the Word of God, Scripture, is at the heart of the program. During their time in the atrium, our children will be immersed in the Bible and will become familiar with it. They will learn to seek and to hear the voice of God as they prayerfully read Scripture. 3) The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd leads the children on a wonderful journey to understand and discover the awe and wonder of the life of the Church, especially the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Sacraments.

There is so much good work to be done: there’s some for everyone!

For us to be able to launch this program in September of 2018 and for the program to thrive here at St. Louise, I am calling all hands on deck! Please join us for a Come and See Harvest Dinner on Saturday, January 13th, following the 4pm Holy Mass. The dinner will start at 5:30pm. There will be a brief exposition of the program, a demonstration of the program at work, and a delightful meal that we will share together. The meal is free and there will also be a free will donation collected to help raise funds for the program. At the dinner, you will see for yourselves how your presence and involvement are essential to both launching and sustaining the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at St. Louise! Please RSVP by calling the parish office.

As we settle back into non-holiday routines, may Jesus remind us that every day is holy when we live in Him. Remember to keep each other in prayer.

Fr. Michael