Dear parish family and friends of St. Julia,
The parable of the sower has been lived out many times over my years of involvement with the RCIA. It is a rewarding and blessed experience. We have had Mothers and Fathers wanting to journey with their children who are receiving the sacraments in the school. Couples wanting to marry in the church. Those wanting to complete the sacraments of initiation. Yet many come seeking baptism and initiation into a life with Christ, but despite our efforts, not all stay connected to their newfound faith or our community. Some become distracted once the newness wears off. Some become discouraged when tragedy overwhelms them. Yet many continue to be models of faith for the body of Christ. As a priest, that is most rewarding to witness, all with the help of the Holy Spirit. I will say, thanks be to God, the vast majority of our new Catholics here at St. Julia are rooted in this community. Amen.
As a community, we are called to till the soil and to nurture the seeds of faith by our fellowship and example, and those seeking a life of faith must remain open to the light and life that Christ offers.
Our RCIA journey will begin once again in October. The time is now to plant those seeds, asking the question "Have you ever considered becoming Catholic?"
Read Matthew 13:1-23 before joining us for mass this weekend. Let the seed be planted in your heart, and may that seed be nurtured by the Word of God and the Eucharist at mass as we continue to cultivate those seeds as a family of believers.
May God bless each of you and those that you love,
From Our Pastor