15 July 2020

Dear Parishioners,

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that we have a few new ongoing adult faith formation opportunities which we hope you will consider joining this summer.  We are continuing to offer these virtually online as many people are still reasonably wary of in person gatherings.  Please see the details below for Centering Prayer, a new book study on Henri Nouwen’s “Reaching Out”, and a scripture study all beginning in the next few weeks.  Join them all or pick your favorite!  We will also be continuing our discussion on race and racism through a discussion of the documentary film “13th” (see information below).  Additionally, if you have a child you would like to have baptized, our next baptism class will be on zoom on Sunday 26 July at 1:00 PM.  Please contact me for the zoom link.

Centering Prayer – now on Zoom!

We will be resuming our weekly Centering Prayer group beginning on Sunday July 12th at 4:30 on zoom.  This opportunity for prayer focus on the practice of Christian silent centering prayer, to deepen our relationship with God and one another.  In a time when our lives have been disrupted in a number of ways and anxiety is high, this is a great opportunity to experience some peace and benefit from some stillness.  For more information contact Amy Kulesa at askulesa@gmail.com

Film Discussion “13th”

The documentary film “13th” which is available on Netflix provides an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.  To continue our parish conversation on the issues of race and racism we encourage you to watch the film on your own and then join us for a discussion on Tuesday July 21st at 7:00 PM.  For more information contact me at bmccrohan@saintdrexel.org

Book study on “Reaching Out” by Henri Nouwen

Wednesday July 22nd at 7:00PM on zoom will see a new book study launched online for “Reaching Out” by Henri Nouwen.  Nouwen views our spiritual “ascent” as evolving in three movements. The first, from loneliness to solitude, focuses on the spiritual life as it relates to the experience of our own selves. The second, from hostility to hospitality, deals with our spiritual life as a life for others. The final movement, from illusion to prayer, offers penetrating thoughts on the most mysterious relationship of all: our relationship to God.  The book can be ordered through Amazon and other online retailers.  For more information contact Pat O’Connor Pat.OConnor@saintdrexel.org

Scripture Study

Beginning Thursday July 23rd at 7:00PM we will begin offering a weekly scripture study through zoom focusing on the readings for the upcoming weekend.  This type of scripture study gives us the chance to unpack and reflect upon the readings before we arrive at Mass, thus allowing us to benefit even more from our experience of hearing God’s Word.  For more information contact Deacon Kevin Kulesa at kkulesa68@gmail.com.

Blessings,

Brian

 

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