30 March 2020

Dear Fellow Parishioners,

Among the things at the parish that have been disrupted by the current COVID-19 pandemic were a number of adult faith formation offerings.  There is good news though as we have two new online adult faith formation opportunities coming up that will allow us to gather virtually to share and deepen our faith.

  • Hope in Times of Crisis, 3 week online e-seminar, Sunday April 5th – Sunday April 26th : The University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) offers numerous online courses and has just launched a free three week course entitled Hope in Times of Crisis.  While these courses typically bring together people from around the country and world, we have arranged to offer a closed section of the course just for our parishioners.  This will allow us to connect with each other in this time when we are not seeing each other at Mass.  This e-seminar is designed to draw our attention to our humanity, and its fullness which is realized in Christ during this time of crisis.  It calls for reflection on who we are as a people, and our relationship with the other.  Compelling us to bond together amid fear and panic, and other forms of human crises, our hope in the Lord becomes the guiding light.  In as much as there is unity in strength, there is always hope in the face of the unknown because Christ stands with us.  Each week there will be guided conversations through online discussion boards (no need to be online at a particular time) based on readings available online through the course.  For more information or to register, please email me at bmccrohan@saintdrexel.org.
  • Easter Season book study, Fridays 1:00-2:30PM on Zoom: Parishioner Amy Kulesa will be leading a book study through zoom (online video conferencing platform) starting Easter Friday, reflecting on and discussing the book Mystical Hope:  Trusting in the Mercy of God, by Cynthia Bourgeault. Mystical Hope shows how to recognize hope in our own lives, where it comes from, how to deepen it through prayer, and how to carry it into the world as a source of strength and renewal. This is a grace-filled book for those who are learning to swim in the deep waters of God’s mercy and love―waters in which we already swim but hardly know it. The group will meet 5 Friday afternoons, from 4/17–5/15 from 1:00-2:30PM.  You can participate either by video or calling in by phone—no great tech expertise is needed!  Please sign up by e-mail at askulesa@gmail.com or calling 301-606-3216. Participants should purchase the book prior to the first meeting.   It is available online thru various vendors. Zoom access through this link: https://zoom.us/j/697001679

I hope that you will consider joining us for one (or both!) of these opportunities to connect with your fellow parishioners and deepen your faith.

As I mentioned at the start, a number of adult faith formation items were impacted by the current gathering restrictions.  Here is an update on those:

  • Our Lenten Parish Mission had to be cancelled for this year, but we are hoping to have the same team come out to lead a mission for us next Lent.
  • Our bible studies (two on the book of James and two on Unlocking the Mysteries of the Bible) are on hold until we are able to gather together again.
  • Our RCIA team has been working with three adult catechumens (people seeking to become Catholic who are not yet baptized) for several months who were planning to be baptized at the Easter Vigil.  Unfortunately that will not be possible, but we are hoping we can celebrate their entry into the Church as soon as this current crisis passes.  In the meantime, the RCIA team is working with them (and some new members seeking to become Catholic) through zoom to continue their studies.

 

Blessings,

Brian McCrohan

Pastoral Associate

 

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