Letter from The Pastor

Notes from the pastor

November 11th, 2018

Take a Hike and Enjoy Religion

Bianca and Joe gave me a ride to join the Young Adults for a hike. It was a crisp, clear, Saturday morning; autumn air still warm and pleasing. The Young Adults from our Church were organizing the hike. On arriving at Inspiration Point, Tilden Park, Berkeley we were greeted by members already there. A table stood ready with snacks. Everyone looked jolly and eager for the hike.

After a few minutes more, members showed up; about fourteen in all. The youngest member was Annmarie, Rick and Lydia’s new born, in a stroller!

Soon the hike began. Hikers were paired into twos and threes and given questions and Bible passages to read and discuss along the way. Some of the questions were like: What is the most important sacrament in your life? “What does feminism mean for you?” How is the Church meaningful in your life? etc.

The discussions were lively and meaningful. It made me realize how important it is for us to bring religion back into our daily discourse. Religion and prayer are not to be relegated to Church situations. They need to become part and parcel of our daily activities – our jobs, recreations, commutes, etc.

Maybe the young adults are telling us that religion is like the air we breathe; It permeates our very being!

Joe and I returned halfway through the hike; he to his busy schedule and, I, to my Saturday duties.

Book Club: We will be reading the book, Saint Therese of Lisieux. A Transformation in Christ, by Rev. Thomas Keating. Our meetings are on Tuesdays at 1:00 PM and on Fridays at 7:00 PM. It is open to all who are interested in spiritual growth.

India Trip: some people who are interested in visiting India have been requesting me to organize a trip to India. I will be organizing an India tour in 2019, from September 10 – 24th. It is a great opportunity to visit the great monuments of India including the Taj Mahal. There is an “early bird” offer for those signing up before December 31st 2018. Those who are interested in the trip kindly contact me or the parish office.

— Father Augustine