Next Wednesday, August 11, we begin our study of the Book of Judges. Last Wednesday was the final installment of a study of Celtic Christianity which I think went rather well. We ended up examining a late 6th century exegetical homily on Matthew 16: 24. In a nutshell, the exegete talked about our taking up of the Cross of Christ as being our willful decision to regognize Christ as the true Son of God. He went further by elaborating on God's place as the Creator of all things, rational and irrational, sensate and unsensate. As Creator, God exists outside of His creation, although He participates in that Creation by the mere fact that He created it. God is not subject to His creation, creation is subject to Him.....with one notable exception: Jesus Christ. In Christ, God chose to redeem all of creation by becoming a part of it Himself. By becoming flesh of the Blessed Virgin, God stepped into creation and, for the appropriate was subject to the physical laws and ravages of time and temperment which effect us all. God loved us so much that He stepped into our time (chronos) so that we could subsequently share in His Time (kairos).
We begin Sunday School for Youth and Adults on Sunday, August 15. We will all meet in the Parish House to take stock and assign rooms and have some fun. We have a great group of teachers lined up for this year, and I am confident that Sunday School will be fun and formative for everyone.
Confirmation Class will begin on September 19 following the 10AM Mass, so mark your calendars. Please let me know if you are interested in taking the class for credit or if you are interested in coming for a refresher of what you already know.
Anyone interested in becoming an acolyte should be watching and listening for I will have a date for our first acolyte training class very soon. Anyone over 8 years old can become a member of the Guild of Acolytes, and anyone 5 - 8 years can begin to train and serve God and this parish as a Jr. member. I will have the date set by next week.