The Conway Communiqué, May 18

Sorry for the late post…yesterday was a pretty busy day.

“The Holy Spirit will teach you everything and remind you of all I told you.” – John 14:26

This past week, I wrapped up teaching a short course at the seminary.  I was teaching the candidates for the permanent deacon program a course called Introduction to Fundamental Theology, and no, it’s not as easy – or boring – as it sounds.  Hopefully the guys learned something – they’ve started sending their exams back in, so I’ll find out shortly – but I know that at the very least, I learned something.  What I learned is something that those of you who are teachers already know: You can be the world’s best teacher, but if the student doesn’t want to learn, it won’t matter.

Now, to be clear, I’m not throwing my class under the bus.  But it’s hard to do graduate level theology after working all day, and there were plenty of times I could tell they were just checking out on me.  (Theology’s not exactly easy to begin with.)  It was a challenge to keep things dynamic and keep them interested – and this was a generally motivated class.

The challenge for us, then, is to be good students of the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit wants to – and is commanded to – remind us of what Christ taught us and to continue to teach us how to walk in the truth.  But are we willing to listen?  Are we willing to admit that we might be wrong in some of our behaviors or beliefs?  Can we be good students?

Summer vacation’s almost here, but school isn’t out.

Some news and notes:

ADORATION:  Pretty modified schedule today.  Adoration will begin shortly after the 11 AM funeral, and then will take a slight pause at 5 PM for a wedding rehearsal.

PRAYERS:  Please pray for Bob Rivers, whose funeral was Monday; Dot Schuchert, whose funeral is today; Brandon Heide and Nichole Kavala, who will be married tomorrow; and Benjamin Wentz, who will be baptized on Sunday.

CAKE:  This Sunday is Pentecost, which is often referred to as the birthday of the Church.  (This is a fun argument to have with theologians.)  And since it’s a birthday, we have to have cake!  Birthday cake will be served in the narthex after all Masses this weekend.  Stay, have a piece, and make new friends.

FAITH FORMATION:  Also in the narthex this weekend are registrations for returning families for the coming Faith Formation year.  Be sure to pick yours up; if you have any questions, please call the Faith Formation Office.

RUMMAGE SALE:  Just a reminder that drop-offs for the Rummage Sale will be accepted beginning this coming Wednesday, from 10-3 in the social hall.

And that’s it, I think.  A pretty light week ahead.  (Famous last words, I know.)  Enjoy the weekend – hopefully the rains stop.  Know that you’re loved, and I’ll see you at Mass!

Fr. Mike

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