Good morning L.I.G.H.T. Families!
As I sit here and type, the weather team from NBC 10 just reported that this is a BEACH WEEK!! I hope you all find some time to relax and enjoy one of the treasures our little Ocean State!
Today’s note to you centers on a bunch of wonderful PLUSES from our year-end evaluations. We received many accolades about our facilitators, here are a few!
* Father always sets such a beautiful example for us all!
* Norman is fantastic, the messages are always
stimulating and keep us involved!
* Enjoyed the conversations with adults and
learning from different perspectives!
* The teachers are very good!
* And my favorite… the teachers are sweeties!
We are so blessed to have some wonderful, dynamic, devoted, and faith-filled volunteers that work with all of our L.I.G.H.T. family members: from our playful preschoolers right up to our super senior citizens!! J In the beginning of May, we had a fun evening out to thank them all for last years’ service. It was great to be able to show them our appreciation on behalf of the entire parish.
Our facilitators for L.I.G.H.T. are in fact catechists. They are tasked with passing on the Catholic faith to our children and, equally as important, they are tasked with sharing their faith with other adults. (Really we all are, as you will read in my conclusion below!)
We are so fortunate to have a wonderful intergenerational program that allows us all to continue to grow together in our faith. Students are not learning in a vacuum, our parents are sharing the faith conversation and it IS being brought into the fabric of your family life as a result. The conversations that continue from each month’s presentations may be obvious, or they may blend in to the day’s events, but they are there in your home. And they are providing a firm foundation upon which your children will be able to build throughout their lives.
As always, we do need a few new facilitators to help us out in this year’s breakout groups. We provide the background, the lessons, the materials, and as much support as you will allow us to. You just need to bring your love for children and for your faith! It can be challenging at times, but what you’ll get in return will be immeasurable.
So, I ask you all to prayerfully consider joining our volunteer team this year. Here are our needs for the 2013-2014 season. (And if you were a facilitator last year and have recently learned that you cannot help us in this way come September, please let me know ASAP!!)
TUESDAY NIGHTS: PreSacrament (K-1)
FRIDAY NIGHTS: Sacrament (First Communion & First Reconciliation),
MidSacrament 1 (4-6)
To end this note, I want to share a very timely message from Pope Francis as he concluded World Youth Day this weekend:
“Faith is a flame that grows stronger the more it is shared and passed on, so that everyone may know, love and confess Jesus Christ, the Lord of life and history (cf. Rom 10:9).
Jesus did not say: “if you would like to, if you have the time”, but: “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Sharing the experience of faith, bearing witness to the faith, proclaiming the Gospel: this is a command that the Lord entrusts to the whole Church, and that includes you; but it is a command that is born not from a desire for domination or power but from the force of love, from the fact that Jesus first came into our midst and gave us, not a part of himself, but the whole of himself, he gave his life in order to save us and to show us the love and mercy of God.”
Have a great day everyone! I hope it finds you at the beach (at least in spirit!)
See you at Church!
I hope you are all enjoying these warm (HOT) summer days and that you have found a bit of an ease from your normal routines to be able to enjoy fun times with family and friends!
Here are our next set of Evaluation Responses to look at during our LIGHT off-season! The three comments below may seem a bit disjointed and random, but in fact they make a wonderful point when taken together.
PLUS – I love Norm staying downstairs
MINUS: church is chilly / sometimes it is cold brrrr….. / the hall is too cold
MINUS: more options on Subway night (I am a vegetarian)
The first, “I love Norm staying downstairs.” Is actually the result of a MINUS comment from years past. Some people just can’t ‘do’ a lot of stairs, so this was a simple change that provided an easy alternative for those adults who need such an accommodation. It was an easy fix that made a big difference for some of our L.I.G.H.T. family members. It also allowed new people to join us once they knew the night wasn’t all about hiking the halls and stairways of the parish center!
I think that we can see the same sort of accommodation happen easily for the vegetarians among us. This MINUS is one that I have hear each spring, but then forgotten about when it was time to look at the food plan in the fall. But not this year!! If some of you can e-mail me some suggestions for Subway meal alternatives that are meat-free, I will talk to Carol about making a change for those of you who would like this option. Also, if you would be interested in having a vegetarian offering, please send me a note, so I can be in touch!
Finally, the COLD!! Brrrrr…. It doesn’t seem like such a big problem during these hot summer days :) But we all know it is a huge deal during most of our L.I.G.H.T. season. Regarding the heat in church, that is a matter of us getting up there to kick on the heat with enough time for the church to warm up. This task sometimes does not get remembered until it is too late, but we’ll do our best! And as for the hall, that is a trickier one. The heating system is not state-of-the art, so sometimes when we put it on, it does not keep up with the amount of heat that we need. We will continue to try to get it right, but it may take a few prayers to help that one along.
Thank you all for letting us know how we can tweak these matters, that might seem trivial, but are actually quite important. The more comfortable we all are, the more we will get out of each L.I.G.H.T. gathering! So keep ‘em coming! And have a great week!
See you in Church!