September 15, 2013
I can tell that summer is over and the autumn season has begun for two events are about to occur:
1) The start of the RCIA (Rite of Christian/Catholic Initiation for Adults); and,
2) The arrival of my annual retreat.
Yes, once again I am doing my part in helping out our staffing and programming needs by handling the RCIA. This program is open to all adults who would like to learn more about our Catholic/Christian faith. This includes the unbaptized, those of another Christian faith, and those Catholics who simply desire a “refresher” course in our Catholic faith. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings from 10am to noon beginning in October and ending with the Easter Vigil in April. Yes, it is quite a journey! If you have questions, feel welcome to contact me. If you would like to register, please call the parish office. I hope many of you will take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about our Catholic/Christian faith. We have a wonderful history of Adult Faith Formation here at St. Edwards. The RCIA is an integral part of our ongoing formation. Come check it out!
Yes, once again I will be departing for my annual retreat in Washington State this Sunday afternoon — I will be gone September 16th to the 23rd. I take very seriously the Canon (Church) Law mandate that requires every priest to take a one week retreat each year. Occasionally I will join one of the group retreats offered by the Archdiocese; and yet, my usual preference is to go on a private retreat. For many years I have gone out to the Seattle area — it must be the mountains and ocean that attract me — and spent quality time in prayer and study. Under the guidance of my spiritual director, I bring some good books to read. For example, this year one of the books I have chosen is Pope Benedict XVI’s The Joy of Knowing Christ. This truly is a wonderful time for me to slow down and reflect on my faith journey. I encourage everyone to consider a retreat. We have some wonderful retreat centers in the Archdiocese, especially the Franciscan Retreat Center in Prior Lake and King’s House in Buffalo. Try it, you’ll like it!
Autumn blessings, Fr. Brian