Summer can be the slowest time in a parish’ year. Many of the staff are taking deserved vacations, and many of the parishioners are escaping town while they can.
Nevertheless, summer can be a time of special harvest for parishes – a harvest that can produce all year long. Many parishes, for example, do something like Theology on Tap because summer evenings can be a perfect time to invite and engage young adults. There is hardly a more important group for our parishes to relate to: these transitional years, in mobile generations, can make the difference in how young adults identify with the Church. And these gatherings provide an option for parishes to build upon these meetings throughout the year.
Summer can also be a special time to begin building up the RCIA. The Inquiry process of the RCIA does not have to begin in September. It can begin with casual meetings for people to drop in, talk about their lives, and begin discerning where God is leading them. I’ve heard a neat idea recently: parishes developing an inquiry team to work alongside the RCIA team and thereby providing a major boost for parish initiation programs.
And, of course, Vacation Bible School not only allows parishes to engage children but, even more importantly, their families.
Enjoy our issue which continues to explore the Spiritual Works of Mercy, provides information about our new Living the Eucharist Daily Devotionals App, reprints ideas about discipleship from TeamRCIA (thank you Nick Wagner), has some information about Seeking Christ to help expand Inquiry, a short piece on an astronaut who brought the Eucharist into outer space, and another opportunity to share a mercy moment.
Wishing you joy and grace in these warming days, I am,
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Frank DeSiano, CSP