Welcome back to another faith filled and awe inspiring season of formation opportunities for your entire family! Over the next nine months our Elementary kids and families will be learning and sharing Old Testament Bible stories which aren’t just stories about the faith of people who lived thousands of years ago, but the beginning of OUR faith stories too. Middle School will be exploring Salvation History where the youth will learn that what happened, “In the Beginning” has everything to do with who they are and whose they are. Our High School youth, no matter which program they participate in, will be focusing on discipleship and what it means for them to be a disciple of Jesus just like the ones “In the Beginning.” And our entire faith community will be beginning brand new initiatives meant to help each of us recognize and experience the presence of God in our everyday lives. If you sense a common thread running through all of the programming then you are correct!! The theme for our catechetical year is “In the Beginning,” and it is a wonderful theme because it is so very versatile. The beginning of any new endeavor is filled with excitement and possibility and I look forward to witnessing all of the good that God accomplishes through us as we begin this mile of our faith journeys together.
Partnering with you on your family’s journey of faith is our deeply committed and passionate Faith Formation Team. We are so pleased that Patty Szukhent has returned as our Coordinator of Adult Formation. We are blessed that Kristyn Russell will once again be coordinating our amazing High School Youth Ministry programs and that Ansley Dauenhauer is heading up our engaging and faith-filled Children’s Programming. We are also fortunate to have Mary Yeakle and Eileen Surbrook return to help us with elementary Sacraments and Vacation Bible School, and that Karen Somers will be assisting with High School YM this year. We are truly excited to announce that Christine Sellnow is our new Coordinator of Middle School Youth Ministry, and we are grateful that Lorraine Beacom is returning for her nineteenth year as our Faith Formation Office Professional, the glue that holds us and our programs together. After ten years of working with children/youth/families, I am taking on a new role as the Director of Faith Formation where my time and energy will be spent creating new opportunities for us to grow in relationship with Jesus, to learn and practice what it means to be his disciple and to live out God’s mission in the world. Keep an eye on the bulletin, website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and our MyParish App for all of the new opportunities that you won’t want to miss out on. I guarantee that you will want to be with us “In the Beginning!”