Here we are in Ordinary Time, yet I am feeling it as extraordinary time for I have recently met someone who has come to St. Francis Xavier seeking to receive the sacraments in the Catholic Church. Although I met with a number of people who inquired about R.C.I.A. last fall, they, for a number of varied reasons are not presently in the R.C.I.A. process. I have to admit, I was feeling as though I was missing something this year. As I prayed about that, I wondered if God was preparing me for something different in ministry. I am not saying that I am not kept busy as this is a vibrant and active parish with many members who need and deserve attention. I think what I was missing was the opportunity to teach others, in a very real sense, about the Catholic Church; Word and Sacrament. I am happy to say that I am blessed to share with all members of St. Francis Xavier a new friend, a new family in our midst. Just after Christmas I received a phone call from a young husband and father who stated his desire to be confirmed in the Catholic faith and to receive the sacraments.
Jason Foy and his wife Ashley and their two sons; Dominic and Brock have recently enrolled as members of our parish. Jason is seeking instruction and preparation to receive Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. Ashley will be his mentor in this process and he is discerning his choice for a Confirmation sponsor.
I invite all members of our parish community to join me in praying for this young husband and father and for their family that they will continue to grow in their faith and will come to know the gift of belonging to a faith community that for them can become a place where they can grow closer to Jesus Christ as their young family grows. I will keep you all informed of Jason’s progress as he prepares to receive the sacraments. If there are any others among us who wish to be confirmed or to join the Catholic Church, please give me a call at 252-1363. If I am not in my office, please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I am able.
As common members in the Catholic Church, let us pray for all those around the world who are taking part in theR.C.I.A. process and may we collectively give thanks to God for the opportunity to share the gift of our faith in his Son, Jesus Christ.
With hope and thanksgiving,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC