What are mission-oriented disciples, and how do we form them? In last week’s    bulletin, I wrote about the universal call to be missionary disciples. But for what purpose? The purpose is the same one that Jesus gave to the disciples in last week’s Gospel. Their task was  to share the message of the Gospel with others whom Jesus himself had not yet reached. He sent them out after showing them the glory of God in His healing, teachings, and feedings. He also modeled      openness to people and received them where they were and then challenging them lovingly to move forward.

That is our purpose and model also. In all that I do, despite my shortcomings, I am always amazed by the truth that Jesus trusts us first to continue the task of sharing the Gospel message.  In the documents of Vatican II, we are called to holiness (Lumen Gentium Chapter 5). First through our baptism, and then through ongoing     formation during our lives, it is possible to do great works that reflect that we are trying to share in the holiness of God.

So many times I have sadly met people who, while being champions of their industry, or great service-oriented politicians, or wonderful examples of parenting, only possess an understanding of the Church that is stuck at  the level of whatever the last class they took was, often when they were teenagers! This causes, or can cause, great anguish when the reality of life and all its challenges suddenly are not adequately addressed by this level of understanding. It also makes us ineffective missionaries. Part of the responsibility for this lies with us Church officials and pastors. We are pretty good at catechesis for children, but our ongoing formation for adults has not been consistent across the parishes of the Archdiocese and many other places as well.

The other part of the responsibility is personal. We are called to be people who continuously learn more and more in order to enrich ourselves and prepare to be “apologists” ― i.e., those who can explain the faith, or at least minimally, explain why we believe beyond “because this is what Sister said” or “it’s a mystery.” It       saddens me to see that people sometimes leave the church or abandon their practice because of some         incorrectly imagined or misunderstood teaching of the Church which makes them feel alienated.

So how do we correct this? Adult formation, of course. We are, in these “quieter” summer months planning a number of fall, winter, and spring courses for adults that we hope will lead those who are thirsting to come to a deeper and more profound knowledge of Jesus and his Church and enable all of us to become better sharers of the faith (evangelizers). If a couple of fishermen, a tree cutter, tax collectors, and  a few tempered religious enthusiasts can do it, most certainly the majority of us can make ourselves available too.

Coming this August is a four-week course on how to share your faith. It will feature techniques and    practices to assist anyone who is trying to reach their family, friends, or coworkers. See page 5 of this bulletin for more information.

Peace, Father Murray

Building news: At St. James, the major holes in the parking lots have been filled. We also will now have      air-conditioning in the conference room, the offices and shortly, new air conditioners in the hall downstairs.

At Immaculate we are waiting for prices for a lift from the lower to the upper church, and the repair of the ramp to the back door to make it more accessible for persons in wheelchairs and who use walkers.


¿Qué son los discípulos orientados a la misión?  ¿Cómo los formamos? En el boletín de la semana pasada, escribí sobre el llamado universal a ser discípulos misioneros. Pero, ¿para qué? El propósito es el mismo que Jesús dio a los discípulos en el Evangelio de la semana pasada. Su tarea era compartir el mensaje del Evangelio con otras personas que el mismo Jesús aún no había alcanzado. Él los envió después de mostrarles la gloria de Dios en su curación, enseñanzas y comidas. También les dio ejemplo acerca de la apertura hacia las personas y las recibió donde estaban y luego las desafió con amor a seguir adelante. En todo lo que hago, a pesar de mis defectos, siempre me sorprende la verdad de que Jesús confía en nosotros primero para continuar la tarea de compartir el mensaje del Evangelio. Entonces ese es nuestro propósito y modelo también. En los documentos del Vaticano II estamos llamados a la santidad. (LG Capítulo 5) Primero a través de nuestro bautismo y en la formación permanente de nuestras vidas, es posible hacer grandes obras que reflejen que estamos tratando de compartir la santidad de Dios.

Muchas veces me he encontrado tristemente con personas que, si bien son campeones de su industria o grandes políticos orientados al servicio o ejemplos maravillosos de crianza, solo poseen una comprensión de la iglesia que está estancada en la última clase que tomaron, ¡a menudo cuando eran adolescentes! Esto causa, o puede causar una gran angustia cuando la realidad de la vida y todos sus desafíos de repente no son abordados adecuadamente por este nivel de comprensión. También nos hace misioneros inefectivos.

Parte de la responsabilidad de esto recae en nosotros, funcionarios de la Iglesia y pastores. Somos bastante buenos en Catequesis para niños, pero nuestra formación contínua para adultos no ha sido uniforme en todas las parroquias de la Arquidiócesis y muchos otros lugares también. La otra parte de la responsabilidad es personal. Estamos llamados a ser personas que contínuamente aprendemos más y más para enriquecernos y prepararnos para ser “apologistas”, es decir, aquellos que pueden explicar la fe, o al menos mínimamente, explicar por qué creemos más allá, porque, “esto es lo que La hermana dijo “o” es un misterio “. A uno le entristece ver que las personas algunas veces abandonan la iglesia o abandonan su práctica debido a alguna enseñanza de la iglesia errónea, imaginada o incomprendida, que supuestamente los ha alienado.

Entonces, ¿cómo corregimos esto? Formación de adultos por supuesto. Estamos en estos meses de verano “más tranquilos” planificando una serie de cursos de otoño, invierno y primavera para adultos que esperamos conduzcan a aquellos que están sedientos de llegar a un conocimiento más profundo de Jesús y su iglesia y, además, capacitar a todo aquel que desea ser un mejor partícipe de la fe. (Evangelizadores).

Si un par de pescadores, un cortador de árboles, recaudadores de impuestos y algunos entusiastas religiosos moderados pueden hacerlo, sin duda la mayoría de nosotros también podemos estar disponibles.

¡Vengan este mes de agosto! Es un curso de cuatro semanas sobre cómo compartir tu fe. Incluirá técnicas y prácticas para ayudar a cualquier persona que intente comunicarse con su familia, amigos o compañeros de trabajo. Mire el boletín para más información.

Paz, Padre Murray

Noticias de construcción: En St. James, los huecos más grandes en los estacionamientos han sido cubiertos. Ahora también tendremos aire acondicionado en la sala de conferencias, las oficinas y, en breve, los nuevos acondicionadores de aire en el pasillo de la planta baja. En Immaculada estamos esperando las cotizaciones de un ascensor desde la parte baja de la iglesia a la parte superior y la reparación de la rampa a la puerta trasera para que sea más accesible para las personas en sillas de ruedas y las que usan andadores.

 

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  • Roberta desmond

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    February 1, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    In the spring when heating St James is no longer an issue will 4 pm mass be reinstated?

    • Margo Morin

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      February 2, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Hi Roberta, thanks for your question. I don’t think that’s the plan. It’s not just a heating issue but availability of priests going forward.

  • Eileen Luddy

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    February 4, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Margo: Here are a few “dreams”/ideas: Sell all 3 schools and part of the St J B pk lot. Reserve a strip of St.James Pk.lot as a driveway from Bridge St to the “School”/Condo bldg residents. Keep the St James chapel with the front and back parking areas for St. James because it draws a big bingo crowd and can be used for very big Catholic events. Reinstate Grades 1 – 6 CCD classes and have them taught in groups within St James basement on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:45. At the same time have a Women’s Bible study group either in the chapel or the meeting room beneath. Have grades 7-12 have pre and post Confirmation classes on Sunday nights after the 6:30 mass at IC. Use the basement and the upper church for groups. Use post Confirmation students as assistant teachers/mentors/companions-on-the-journey for the Pre-Confirmation students. Use the youth groups to do community service cleaning the administration offices and the churches as well as the basements.It will help them all to develop a young community and feel a needed part of the collaborative. Anyone who uses the kitchen in the basement of St. James must have people to clean it after.Start a young Catholic professionals and tradespersons group meeting at some restaurant one night a week – or monthly.

    • Margo Morin

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      February 9, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      Thanks so much for your ideas Eileen! We love that you’re thinking of the future and envisioning the church as a busy, thriving place!

  • Heather

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    April 15, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Many opportunities to support and encourage our youth have been missed over the years. I believe in order to have our parishes thrive it is vital to engage our children.
    I am hopeful when I hear the collaborative will be looking at our faith formation, sacramental program and more.
    It is crucial to feel like you belong to a community and share the common goal of worshiping, learning and loving God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
    I have watched as many people some paid and some volunteers have been cast aside instead of being acknowledged for their service to the parishes. This is where hurt, disappointment and resentment can be felt. As a collaborative can we reach out to make amends and be an example of forgiveness and charity- that Jesus demonstrated to us through many of his kind and wondrous acts.
    God Bless us all

  • Nancy Roney

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    June 23, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    I am sorry our Music Minister Kurt and Father Gregory will be leaving us. Kurt’s voice and expertise have added greatly to the music program in the Collaborative and I will miss Father Gregory’s homilies which are always inspirational and come from the Holy Spirit. We have been blessed with their contributions to the Salem Collaborative. Best wishes in their new assignments.

  • Eileen CARMODY

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    March 29, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Margo, I am looking for Fr. Murray’s email address for the list of the parishioners who attended the meetings last week. Kindly send it to my email address. I have searched the bulletins but I can not find it.
    Thank you,

    Eileen

  • Nancy Roney

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    June 1, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    I attended corpus Christi celebration in the UK once and the center aisle was a carpet of flowers. The work was done by parishioners. it was not just an annual tourist event but a demonstration of parishioners love of the parish. Would love to see the same at Mary Queen of Apostles. Both churches (St. James and ICC have lovely center aisles.

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