Dear Eucharistic Ministers,
For the past 4 or 5 years – no one remembers exactly, but it was long before Fr. Caylor left, we have wanted to put together retreats for each of our liturgical ministries. However, like many items on a to-do list, it kept getting pushed aside for more urgent matters. As your pastoral staff, it is our job to equip you for ministry and to provide you with faith formation opportunities to strengthen you to live out your holy calling as the Body of Christ. We have dreamed of being able to share this retreat with each of you, and we hope and pray that you will want to share this formational time with each other and with us.
While there will be a few minutes at the end of each retreat for some procedural review and training for new Eucharistic ministers, that is not primarily what this retreat is about. The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith lives, and this will be a time to delve deeper into that mystery. Each of you has received a calling from God to distribute the Eucharist to others either at mass or by taking communion to the sick. We hope to provide you with a time to reflect on this call and to come to a greater appreciation of the gift of the Eucharist.
We value each of you, both as parishioners and Eucharistic ministers, and we consider this retreat a gift for you. We also appreciate your time and your busy schedules so we have set aside two dates in hopes this will make the retreat accessible for everyone. You need only attend one session. You may attend at either church. You do not need to attend at the church where you minister.
The retreats will be held on:
June 1st – 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Church
June 18th – 9:00-11:00 a.m. at St. Raphael Church
If you have any questions, please contact Lisa or Patty at 323-7523.
With gratitude for your service,
Lisa and Patty