From Karen Glen, Ministry Coordinator
The high holy days of Christmas and Easter provide plenty for Catholics to meditate on and do during the seasons of winter and spring, but what about the great frontier of summer? What’s a Catholic to do now? Allow me to provide a non-comprehensive list of ideas for the serious, fun-loving Catholic to enjoy during this season of rest and recreation.
Watch an Outdoor Movie: This is a fun venture, and if you’re looking for good, non-saccharine Catholic movies to view, here are some ideas.
On the Waterfront, Marlon Brando (1953)
Becket, Richard Burton (1964)
The Scarlet and the Black, Gregory Peck (1983)
Babette’s Feast, Stephane Audran (1987)
Les Miserables, Hugh Jackman (2012)
Volunteer at a Bible Camp: From the South Bronx to an Indian Reservation in North Dakota, I can testify that this is both a rewarding and-dare I say-fun experience for your summer. Actually have an impact in someone’s life and learn how to tie a rosary, too.
Visit a Nursing Home Objection 1: Nursing homes are depressing. Sed Contra: “Even if his mind fails, be considerate of him; do not revile him because you are in your prime. Kindness to a father will not be forgotten; it will serve as a sin offering-it will take lasting root” (Sirach 3:13-14). Respondeo: When Catholics think of how they can grow in their faith, they tend to forget the opportunity that visiting a nursing home affords. Not only are you helping to brighten an elderly child of God’s day, you might actually learn something in the process. Musical instruments are always a plus. (And if you are at the Little Sisters of the Poor in Cincinnati, you might get to play Wii Bowling with the residents.) (Dominicana Journal)
Liturgical Ministers Needed: We are inviting all to consider serving in a liturgical ministry. We have a great need for Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Acolytes and Ushers/Greeters. Why not serve while you are already here? For more information please contact Karen Glen, the Ministry Coordinator @ firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Parish office @ (510) 653-8631.
Training for Eucharistic Ministers will take place on July 1st. All current and new Eucharistic ministers are encouraged to attend following the 10:30 am Mass. For more information please call the Parish office.
Third Annual RCIA Ice Cream Social will be held on Sunday, July 29th, following the 10:30am Mass. We invite all to join together and welcome those inquiring into the Catholic Faith. If you know someone who might be interested please invite them to come along.
Please visit our Social Justice page to read our weekly column, Joy of the Gospel: Social Justice Corner. For more information about any of our projects and ministries, please contact Karen @ (510) 653-8631 or email@example.com
Ice Cream Social! Join fellow parishioners for a fun ice cream party after the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, July 29th.
SAVE THE DATE NOW: On Sunday, August 26th, we will be celebrating the Feast Day of St. Augustine. There will be only one Mass that Sunday at 10:30 a.m. After the Mass we will celebrate as a community of faith. Please watch the bulletin for more information.
RCIA: Inquiry classes for RCIA: Are you interested in learning more about becoming a Catholic? Have you received the Sacraments of Baptism and First Holy Communion and desire Confirmation? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Inquiry begins on July 19th. Please contact Karen firstname.lastname@example.org or Jay Mitchell email@example.com for more information.
Family Faith Formation on Sundays This is currently on summer break. We will resume classes in September. The program is available for Kindergarten – 4th Grade. If your child is starting 1st grade they should begin classes this year to be ready for sacramental preparation when they are in 2nd grade. Faith Formation classes are held from 9:10 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Families can attend the 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. mass together, as classes are between the two morning masses. The Faith Formation registration forms are available in the vestibule of the church. The calendar for the year is also available on this form, as well as on our DOWNLOADABLE FORMS page of this website. For more information please contact Karen @ (510) 653-8631 or firstname.lastname@example.org