Reeson’s Ramblings – Parish Mission :: October 29, 2017
Our Parish Mission with Fr. Tom Donaldson C.Ss. R. was held October 15-17, and was a huge success, receiving rave reviews by those who attended! If you missed it, you are not too late to be blessed by his message – Fr. Tom’s talks and Sunday homily are now available on the parish website. Directions for how to access them are at the bottom of this page.
Fr. Tom’s message was clear – as Catholics, we are to proclaim the Gospel message so that all may know and seek Jesus with their whole hearts! He challenged us to set aside our doubts about whether we are worthy or unworthy of God’s love, knowing God loves us completely, at all times. He gave us the opportunity to reaffirm our belief and faith in a public way. He brought a smile to our faces and tears to many eyes with his touching stories. He is certainly loved by God and has helped all of us to remember that we are, too!
My main kudos, however, go to Nicole Cook, our Coordinator of Discipleship Formation. She took care of all the details to arrange for our yearly Parish Mission. It was Nicole who orchestrated an army of parishioners to welcome and serve our St. Columbkille community throughout the week. Many thanks to those who helped in a myriad of ways:
Andrea Powers and Angela Strabala, along with members and parents of the American Heritage Girls, provided childcare for the littlest among us. And, catechists Sandy Watson, Megan Reeder, Rachel Bramblett, John Bramblett, and Laura Harlan taught and cared for our elementary students.
Throughout the week, our prayer was made better by those who welcomed us into the space and helped to lead the evenings: Rich Alcala, Kristin Armendariz, David Batter, Becca Cargill, Chuck Caskey, Julie Crnkovich, Pat Dempsey, Jim Dennis, Jeff Esparrago, Jordan Farmer, Emily George, Deacon Dave Graef, Ruth Ann Graef, Linda Gries, Michelle Grzywa, Grace Horacek, Jake Horacek, Bridget Huggins, Phil LaSala, Jessica LeBlanc, Melissa Nelson, Debbie Rowe, Tess Sousek, James Strabala, Deacon Eric Vande Berg, and Jenni Whitaker.
Led by Barb Mueller, Wendy Squarcia, Carrie George, and Dee Iske, the School Advisory Council, Women’s Guild, and members of the RCIA community hosted receptions, giving us an opportunity to break bread as a community and talk with Fr. Tom.
On Wednesday evening, following the Mission, the Moms of Faith led a beautiful Illuminated Rosary for the Month of the Holy Rosary. It was a delight to see so many families – dads, moms, and kiddos – praying with our Blessed Mother! Thank you to all those who helped to bring together so many in our parish for this beautiful prayer, especially Kim Miller and Melissa Nelson who organized the evening and reception.
If you were not able to attend, you can access Fr. Tom’s talks by going to www.SaintColumbkille.org and clicking on the Parish Mission button. Through his Mission work, Fr. Tom raises funds to support the Redemptorist Community. If you would like to help support his ministry and Religious Community, you may place your contribution in an envelope marked “Parish Mission” in the collection basket on Sunday.