VATICAN II, 1962-1965
The Second Vatican Council opened its first session in October of 1962. If you’re old enough to remember it, what comes to mind? (If you’re not old enough for personal memories, I’m still interested in what comes to mind. How has the Council affected your faith journey?)
The first thing that comes to my mind is a “good news, bad news” type of story. In fourth grade, I was trained to be an altar server—in Latin. When I returned for 5th grade, the nuns had news: we had to retrain as servers—in English.
Fr. Steve’s homily from last weekend triggered my memories, when he reminded us that the Council began 60 years ago. As he put it, it was a significant event, which over four years captured the imagination of the world. Our church was engaged in deep reflection on the challenges of the modern world. Our church sought fresh ways to speak to everyone, everywhere.
The Council was also a significant experience, one of hope and promise. Based on that experience, what is the Spirit asking of us? What are we called to do as a church, in 2022 and beyond?
For the next twelve months, we’re going to study and celebrate the Council, particularly its continuing challenges to us. Fr. Steve will preach on it. I’ll write about it in this column. Beyond that, how would you like to engage with the Council’s work? What can we do together, as a parish?
In addition to homilies and columns, I’m thinking of adult faith formation gatherings from time to time–whether during the day, evening, or after Mass, I can’t say yet. What works for you? Let me know. Also let me know if you’d like to help organize these gatherings. In the spirit of the Council, I’m looking for volunteers.
RAFFLE & FINANCE MAILING
Last week, we mailed our annual Parish Finance Report. The mailing also contained information about our November Giving Thanks Fundraiser, along with a donation form. If you did not receive the mailing, please let Angela Rakow know. We’d be happy to send you a copy. Copies are also available in the parish office.
Thank you for your support, and have a great week!