Living Our Faith, Serving Our Community
LAST YEAR, DURING LENT, over 250 Resurrection Catholic Parish parishioners participated in small faith sharing groups, studying the changes to the new Roman Missal. This year, our parish will embark on a Lenten Journey called Living the Eucharist that will take us through three Lenten seasons. There is nothing more central to our Catholic faith than the Eucharist. This parish-based process is designed to help energize parish life and spirituality through a more profound experience of Sunday Mass. It helps the entire parish—adults, teens, and families—grow in their Catholic faith and live more fully as disciples of Jesus.
This Lenten series will challenge us in new ways to be Christ to others; not just during the Sunday celebration, but all week long. You are being called to deepen your personal faith while strengthening our parish family. We will have a better understanding of what we mean when we speak of the ‘Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist’. Even though Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 22, we ask you to start thinking about your Lenten journey of faith today. A wide range of activities makes it easy for parishioners to participate in the ways that mean the most to them. Parishioners can take part in adult and teen faith-sharing groups, family activities, devotional and catechetical Lenten readings, and a prayer campaign.
Each week, Fr. Bill, challenges us to be more fully in community with one another and to live out the gospel message. This six-week Lenten Journey will focus on practical ways that we can live out our faith and be Eucharist to others.
These next two weeks, you will have an opportunity to sign up to participate in a small group. You can also be a leader or host a group in your home. On the Sunday, following Ash Wednesday everyone is invited to come together for our Lenten Mission which will be led by Deacon Owen Cummings, respected theology professor at Mt. Angel Seminary. He will provide us with an overview of the Theology of the Eucharist. Those who have joined a small group will then attend six weekly sessions exploring that further. This year, in addition to indicating the day or evening that works best for you, we have added location so you can choose what is most convenient to you.
Please join a small group. If you have never participated, now is the time to trust in the Holy Spirit and in His infinite power to guide you through this process. Even If you have participated before, Lent is a time of continued renewal. You will not regret your decision to make this Lenten season special and to help build a closer parish community while strengthening your own understanding of what Living the Eucharist really means.
Thank you and God Bless.