Weekly Inspiration from Fr. Kyle
– SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2022 –
CONFESSION AS REVELATION OF GOD’S POWER
Two weeks in a row, I am gone from the Family of Parishes. Ugh. Last week for a conference, this weekend for a family wedding. I hate missing this much time, but except for a few Saturday weddings, I should be present through the end of the year, at least on weekends.
The conference I attended last week was for the membership and leadership of Courage, International; an apostolate within the Church to support and walk with those who experience same sex attraction (or have loved ones who do) and are seeking to live within the teachings and bounds of the Catholic Church. This year, the theme was centered around the spiritual life, the interior life that enables one to walk that journey with Christ. Perhaps more accurately, it is the interior life that allows one to recognize that Jesus is walking with that person.
The beautiful thing about the spiritual life is that…
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
Parishioners, please take notice that as of July 2, Mass and Confession times have changed. Please see the schedule information listed below. A PDF of the Weekly Northeast 10 Worship Schedule / Worship Schedule by Parish is available below.
Worship Schedule for the Family of Parishes
Upcoming Parish Events
Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details…
St. Christopher Parish Mission with Steve Angrisano
October 8-10, 2022
PARISH MUSIC DIRECTOR
Full-Time Position | St. Christopher Parish
Position would start in October 2022. Job duties include playing at all 5pm Saturday Masses and 11am Sunday Masses. Occasionally, also the 9am Sunday Masses. Along with musical and keyboard skills, the director should have knowledge of the role music has in the liturgy and plan accordingly. The director will lead Adult Choir, Youth Choir, Funeral Choir, and cantors. The director will also play for special liturgies, including Christmas, Easter, First Communion, Confirmation, etc., as well as funerals and weddings in the parish and be an integral part of the music program for the Family of Parishes.
Apply by AUGUST 15:
Interested individuals should send a cover letter and resume to Fr. Kyle Schnippel at email@example.com
Beginning July 2:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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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