Weekly Reflection from Fr. Kyle
– SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2022 –
FAITH & FOCUS
One of the things that struck me in reading through the Book of Exodus is how often the People of Israel lament that ‘if only’ we could go back to Egypt, everything would be a ok.
As I read that now, my response was always: ‘Back in Egypt, you know, where you were slaves!?!’ Nearly every time, they respond along the lines of, ‘sure, we were slaves. But we had food. Sure, we had no freedoms, but our fleshpots were full. Sure, we had to work night and day, but we had water to drink.’
Every time they complain, however, the Lord God address their concern and gives them what they need; yet they still grumble! God gives them Manna from heaven, yet they complain that it is always the same. The Lord brings water forth from the rock, yet they want more. The Lord provides pheasant for free, every night; man, wouldn’t a steak be nice?’
Throughout their journey from slavery in Egypt towards freedom in the Promised Land, the Israelites have this constant longing to go back to Egypt, to go back to what they know; even if it is not the greatest. It reminds me of ….
BEACONS OF LIGHT: Transforming Parish into Families of Faith.
Beacons of Light is a multiyear process of pastoral planning for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati that began in the fall of 2020. Many factors have led to recognizing the urgent need to rethink and reorganize parish life for the future.
Rooted in prayer, groupings of parishes will come together as one faith community that live and work together in mission and ministry — not simply associate neighboring parishes that share a pastor.
These Families of Parishes will be stronger together, focusing more on mission than maintenance. In this new model of parish life and ministry, we will build on what we already have, and we will grow closer to God and our fellow human beings as we follow Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit and radiate Christ in our lives.
Through Beacons of Light, 65 to 75 parish groupings will form Families of Parishes in the 19 counties of Southwest Ohio. Parishioners will be invited to share their hopes and dreams as parish leaders come together to discern the future with the ultimate goal – in time – of each family becoming one parish led by a single pastor.
Six guiding principles have been outlined that define the common core that binds all of our communities together. These principles are Eucharist, Church, Leadership, Stewardship, Evangelization, and Love in Action. Over the next six weeks we will be exploring the deeper meaning of these principles to prepare ourselves for our new journey and to truly become beacons of light in our homes and our neighborhoods.
I hope you join us in this exciting endeavor as we more fully become God’s holy people.
Fr. John Tonkin
Current Pastor of St. Christopher & St. John
You are the light of the world…Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father. (Matthew 5:14, 16)
Mass Information This Week
Temporary Daily Mass Schedule
Upcoming Parish Events
ST. CHRIS BLOOD DONATION DRIVE
SATURDAY – JUNE 18 | 9AM-1PM
ST. CHRISTOPHER GYMNASIUM
DONATE BLOOD & ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN! Donate at any CBC blood drive or the CBC Donor Center May 2 through Aug. 27 and you are automatically entered in a drawing to win four tickets to the Sept. 3 Cincinnati Reds vs. Colorado Rockies game at Great American Ball Park, followed by a Cole Swindell concert, plus $100 in concession stand gift cards.
Faith | Family | Fun & Food Trucks!!!
Please join us to celebrate and honor Bonnie Prine Allen for her years of service to St. Chris!
Bonnie has given her energy, dedication and love to the people of St. Chris as both a volunteer and employee for the last 29 years. On July 1st she begins her well deserved retirement from the job – though we’ll still see her around St. Chris playing flute and so much more. A retirement party is being held for Bonnie at Little York Tavern (4120 Little York Rd., Dayton) on July 11 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Stop in for a minute or for awhile but be sure to let Bonnie know how loved and appreciated she is.
Calling all Space Rangers ages 4 years old to 4th graders! It’s time to register for this summer’s intergalactic Vacation Bible School.
Watch the video for a preview and register today!
Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details…
St. Christopher Parish Mission with Steve Angrisano
October 8-10, 2022
St. Christopher Festival 2022
A BIG Thank you to all sponsored, chaired booths, volunteered with set-up, various booths, and/or partook in all the festival happenings this year!
More details about the success of the festival will posted soon, but the festival was a great success! The weather was cooperative and overall the weekend was entirely blessed!
Once again, thank you for your support and patronage of our parish festival this year!
Beginning July 1:
Regular opportunities for confession at St. Christopher:
- FRI (after 9am Mass) Confessions will be heard after the 9am Mass with the scheduled presiding priest.
- SAT (3:30pm) 1hr Confessions before Mass with the scheduled presiding priest.
- PRIVATE CONFESSIONS may be scheduled by contacting either of our priests via their office phone number.
Need a little help when it comes to going to confession? Read more about the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Send A Little Encouragement
While Fr. Smith is away, please show your love and support by sending him an encouraging card/letter.
FR. ANDREW SMITH
8380 Colesville Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
If you or a loved one are suffering from mental illness, please seek help. Resources for hope and healing are available. Please read Fr. Smith’s letter and view the resources for help contained within the newsletter.
Volunteers Still Needed
9AM SUNDAY, ONCE A MONTH
A Greeter Is Needed! Greeters set the tone of a warm and friendly parish when welcoming people to Mass. A greeter is needed for the 9am Sunday Mass, once a month. If you’re willing to help, please contact Jennifer at 937-626-3367 or email@example.com
9AM SUNDAY, ONCE A MONTH
Our technology team is in need of more livestream operators. It’s a very easy skill to learn! Training and shadowing provided. Operator would only need to cover one 9am Sunday Mass per month. Adults as well as Jr. High and HS teens are encouraged to inquire. Please contact Elena Pope at firstname.lastname@example.org or text 937-248-7150.
Sensory Friendly Mass
Please join us every 3rd Saturday of the month at 5pm for a Sensory-Friendly Mass.
What you’ll experience at this Mass:
- Subdued lighting
- Softer music
- A shortened homily
- And a welcoming community of parishioners who are glad you’re here.
Have you, or has someone you know expressed any interest in learning more about Jesus and the Catholic faith?
Do any of these statements apply to you or someone you know:
- I have never been baptized.
- I am baptized but have had little or no faith formation.
- I am baptized and have had faith formation in another religious tradition.
- I am baptized Catholic, but have not received the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The RCIA is a process that helps adults discern if the Lord is calling them to a journey of faith in the Catholic Church. A new group of inquirers into the Catholic Faith is forming. Perhaps you are, or someone you know, is searching for a way of life that will help you or them be connected to the life and grace of God through the Catholic Church.
All are welcome.
For further and more detailed information, please email Andrea Parker or call 937-898-3542 ext. 109.
The Updated Mass Schedule
Fr. Kyle explains the upcoming changes to the Mass schedules for each parish.
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