On June 11-16, 22 youth and 5 adult sponsors (including Deacons Wayne & Andy) are going to Russell for Prayer & Action summer mission!
Each day begins with Rosary & Mass, followed by silent reflection time. After breakfast, we divide into work crews and spend the day doing yard work, painting, etc, for people in need in the community. After dinner, we will spend each evening with fun activities, talks and discussions about faith and life, and will end the night with prayer together.
It is a great week of loving God and loving our neighbors, getting away from technology and back to some simpler things in life. Please pray for and with our young church as we grow closer to God, love, and each other June 11-16!
COAR (Community Oscar Arnulfo Romero) will be asking for your donations, prayers, and interest as part of the Mission Coop at all Masses the weekend of June 17/18. COAR is located in Zaragoza, El Salvador. It was founded in 1980 by a Cleveland Diocese Mission Team priest, Fr. Ken Myers, during El Salvador's brutal civil war. Fr. Ken and fellow Cleveland Mission Team members Sr. Dorothy Kazel, OSU, and Jean Donovan (murdered December 2, 1980) began gathering orphans from refugee camps and bringing them back to the Mission's parish of Zaragoza. COAR is now known as the "Children's Village" in El Salvador with 800 day students, 100 in foster car, a medical and dental clinic, pharmacy, trade shops (such as baking and tailoring). It is administered directly by the Archbishop of San Salvador through his Vicariate of Human Development. COAR's motto is Women and Men for God and Culture; the curriculum educates the entire person. With over 30 employees, COAR strengthens the regional economy. One of the first orphans of COAR served as mayor of Zaragoza from 1998-2002. COAR buzzes with optimism and vitality. However, El Salvador remains an impoverished country, as are COAR's students. To protect the most vulnerable simply requires food, shelter, and house mothers. To educate the children to modernize their economy requires updated computers and new classrooms. To get the best teachers and treat them fairly requires wages near the Salvadoran national average. Please help us respond to the needs of the most impoverished among us and help them build a better future. More information about COAR.
Mary Stevenson is the Executive Director of the COAR Peace Mission--the US fundraising and outreach arm of the COAR Children's Village in Zaragoza, El Salvador. She was a student at Beaumont High School in Cleveland Heights when Sr. Dorothy Kazel, OSU, left to begin her five-year assignment on the Cleveland Diocese's Latin American Mission Team. Prevented from visiting the mission in the 1980s because of the civil war, including the murder of Sr. Dorothy, Mary first visited COAR in 1990 and experienced the anguish of El Salvador's civil war through the orphans at COAR. Repeated visits through the years revealed the deep, healing, vital nature of the care, education, and vocational training that COAR gives its children. Won over by COAR, Mary left a business career to become Executive Director in 2004.
For the last two weekends, we’ve had graduates from KSU, MCS, and the high schools experience a closure of one phase of life. Now these young people are looking forward with eagerness, some more than others, to the next stage in their growth. I have to say that it is pretty neat to see the youthfulness and energy they have (with all sorts of possibilities) for their futures. It reminds me of how I felt during those times. A little bit of anticipation, a little bit of anxiousness, a little bit of excitement, etc. While some may think their education stops at a certain level, others become keenly aware that learning continues. New jobs, new experiences, and other factors contribute to one’s awareness that formation is not just in the head, but it is an all around thing. Many facets of life have to be tweaked and renewed because you learn as you grow older that you can’t know all about life during your time in school.
This goes for your formation in faith as well. Our faith cannot be measured by saying: “Now I know all there is to know about Catholicism.” What you find out is that you learn things differently as you age and gather life experiences. New questions pop up as you gather more information. Once you think you have a handle on one issue, another comes up. Our faith is more about the journey and what we experience. There is no doubt you can learn much by studying and learning the teachings of the Church. The application of those teachings in where the real learning begins. Just as you can learn theories about many subjects, they remain just that until you put them to the test. Then you can make connections and see how the theories work. With faith, you need to lay the framework for what we believe and what we teach. As you walk the journey of those teachings, you see why they are important and what they mean to you on a daily basis.
My point is…We don’t graduate in our faith as if we get a diploma that says we know everything there is to know about it. So keep on learning because one important aspect of faith is relationship—relationship with God and one another. As we all know, relationships continue to unfold something new throughout our lives. I encourage you to do bible studies (individual and group), study the teachings of the church, learn about social justice, get a spiritual director, pray, participate in an ITV session, explore FORMED, etc. Do what it takes to make your faith a life-long process that doesn’t end. We will then be better equipped to be evangelizers to the next generation of people who look to us to see that faith is an important element in the big picture of our human development.
~ Dcn Wayne Talbot