Chris McCullough's Message for the Week: June 18, 2021

Dear fellow parishioners,

There is much to celebrate this Father’s Day weekend with the official start of summer on the horizon and the pandemic’s grip waning. We pray in gratitude for all fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, and father figures in our lives. With our newly vaccinated status, we greatly anticipate being able to be with people and resume normal activities like going to restaurants and the movies. Here at Cathedral, we also look forward to celebrating Fr. Kevin and Msgr. Woy’s ministries with us next weekend. Submit a message on our website for Msgr. Woy and Fr. Kevin's memory book by this Tuesday, June 22, and mark your calendars for waffles and donuts after Masses next Sunday, June 27, for their farewell. We welcome Frs. Bianco and Gough the following weekend for the start of their ministry at Cathedral.

While mired in the pandemic last year, with everything shut down, the staff had the opportunity to step back and evaluate our ministries, especially our faith formation programs (Sunday School of Religion, Confirmation, First Communion, and more). We have been discerning how best to help our community come to know and be enlivened by the Word of God and deepen their relationship with Christ.   We have been blessed with wonderful catechists, but in recent years, it has become clear that one of the barriers to deepening faith is everyone's ever-full schedules and the never-ending demands upon our time. 

Over the past months, I have engaged in conversations with parents and catechists about our faith formation offerings. What I heard in those conversations was a need for greater flexibility.  I will be working with catechists and parents this summer on re-forming our faith formation programs as we together look to build programs that respond better to our current realities.  

Another aspect of this discernment process is considering seriously what our church says about parents being the first teachers of the faith to their children. Relationship with Christ and each other is at the heart of growing faith, and faith development is a life-long journey.  We are exploring ways to empower our parents to deepen what they already share about their faith lives with their children. A new dimension of our faith formation program will be providing parents with resources to further grow faith at home. I look forward to sharing more about these emerging programs later this summer. I am excited about what this will mean for our community.  

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mary "Meme" Link, whose funeral Mass was celebrated at Cathedral this past Thursday. Meme and her husband Bob are long-time parishioners of Cathedral. May Meme rest in peace.

God bless,
Chris