During the warm summer months,
parishes celebrate anniversaries, dedications, and
feasts of the saints that fall during the season. Amid
these celebrations, parishioners become better acquainted
and visitors sometimes find a new place to call home.
In the article "Moving Beyond the Invitation to Accompany
Seekers," Teresa Marshall-Patterson writes of the many people
who come to the parish looking not only for faith, but also for
others who will be with them on their journey. She tells of the
importance of being open to listen to those who come to the parish
looking for meaning
At the heart of evangelization is such openness to introducing
others to the Christian way of life. The article "Initiation Gathering
to Explore Parish's Role in Evangelization" focuses on the National
Gathering on Christian Initiation that will assist
initiation ministers and parish leaders in forming their parishioners
As Pope Francis states in The Joy of the Gospel, our mission
is outward and we are to welcome the seekers and the outcast. Rev. Ronald
Patrick Raab,CSC, writes in his essay that the readings
during the summer in Ordinary Time open up the meaning of the Eucharist.
In "Learning to Live Justly; Learning to Live the Eucharist," he explains
that, having been fed the Body and Blood of Christ, we leave Mass fortified
to listen to those who hunger spiritually and emotionally.
"Sanctifying Time: The Liturgy of the Hours in the Parish," by Christopher
Ferraro will assist communities with incorporating the Hours into parish life.
Parishes interested in commissioning a piece of art, whether a processional
cross, painting, or a sculpture, may be wary of the steps for doing so. In
"Commissioning Liturgical Art," Fr. J. Philip Horrigan explores the process
from establishing a committee to the importance of a budget and meeting with the
artist. With Fr. Horrigan's help, parishes will feel more confident as they seek
to contract an artist.
Staff may want to select a book reviewed in this issue to study together.
Becoming a Parish of Mercy, by Matthew Halbach, provides ways that
congregations can examine how they can reach out to accompany others. In
An Unfinished Council, Richard R. Gaillardetz examines what happened
at the Second Vatican Council and continues to occur in its reception.
Sometimes even in parishes with an ongoing evengelization and Christian
initiation process, parishioners still are unsure of what occurs during the
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Be sure to insert in your bulletin the
downloadable article "What Is the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults?"
To encourage parents and grandparents to pass on the faith, parishes will
want to provide the Living Our Faith article "Opening Children to God's Love."
Trish Sullivan Vanni shows how to help children respond to God's presence in
As the summer unfolds, be sure to refresh yourself in the beauty that the
longer days set before us. Periods of renewal enlighten us in our ministry.
May the peace God offers be with you.
Bishop Joseph N. Perry
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
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