I am Steven Phillips and I would like to share with you about Vision 20/20 ‘from Pentecost to Pentecost’.
Since the first Pentecost, our Church has been around and we are assured it will not go away. So what does that mean to me? Well, attending the 3 day Vision 20/20 Convocation at SAU in Davenport in early June, the Diocese gathered like the first Pentecost. Our Bishop, Priests, Deacons, religious sisters, some parish staff and lay people from all age groups, gathered to discuss the Church in our time and place & what it means to be spirit-filled Evangelizers in the Diocese of Davenport. We learned Evangelization is not so much a program but a giving of our time and walkingwith others and meeting them where they are. We learned that through our baptism, all Catholics are called to share the joy of the Gospel. Bishop Zinkula concluded the Convocation by sending those attending out in the closing prayer.
In the Vision 20/20 prayer notes the need to step out of our comfort zone. It all starts with prayer so I encourage you to pray & ask God to help you to know how to evangelize in the way only you are equipped to accompany people in their faith journey.
I then invite you to learn more about Vision 20/20 by visiting the diocese website. (See link below) or reading the Messenger of June 13th) All the talks were recorded during the Convocation and they are a great starting point for things to consider in the area of evangelization. Then lastly, get less comfortable, give your first fruits to our Lord Jesus Christ & go out & share your faith or time with the poor or those spiritually poor and help make our beautiful Church even more beautiful.
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to look through our Stewardship Handbook and complete the Time and Talent form. As Pope Francis said, “The Church needs you. Your enthusiasm. Your creativity and the joy that is so characteristic of you.” We really do need you and there is a place for you and your special talents at St. Mary’s. If you haven’t already I encourage you to take a look at the Stewardship Handbook and prayerfully consider the many opportunities for stewardship in our parish.
You can find an online version of the Stewardship Handbook and the Time and Talent form on the Stewardship page of our website.
I want to thank everyone who helped make Totus Tuus such a success this year! Thank you to the many parents who encouraged their children to try something new this summer. We had 19 youth attend the daytime program in Pella and 15 teens attend the evening program from Oskaloosa. I highly encourage you to ask a youth who attend what they thought about the week.
A special appreciation to Carol from Pella who helped bring Totus Tuus to our community and hosted the daytime program. Kudos to Jessie Phillips who helped carpool youth to and from Pella each day!
Thank you to Kate Hite, Aubree Kool, and Sarah Phillips who came out and helped each day.
A big thank you to Matt and Shanna Smith who hosted the teens for a BBQ and shaving cream baseball. And thank you to the many others who help out during the week and those who prayed for us throughout the week.
It was a great week and I look forward to next year!
The Vision 20/20 Convocation was held on June 6-8, 2018. Delegates from across the Diocese met at St. Ambrose College to hear a variety of speakers share on the many different aspects of evangelization. Covering what evangelization is and how we can reach out to different groups in our parishes and community.
To learn more about the Convocation check out this week’s Catholic Messager, special addition or talk to one of our parish delegates about their experience!
The audio and video links have been released from the Convocation follow this link to choose the speaker of your choice youtube.com/user/dioce…
All parishioners over the age of 21, singles or couples, are invited to dinner on Saturday, June 22 at 6pm. Each host will set a table to 4-6 guest at their home and provide a main entree and beverages. Each guest will be asked to bring a portion of the meal (starch; salad or vegetable; dessert) for 6-8 people.
No guest will know where (s)he is eating until the dinner guest arrives at the host’s home. Guest will report t the Parish Center at 5:30pm the evening of June 22 to receive their assigned host.
Reception to follow for all parishioners at the American Legion Hall.
Join us as we recognize our seniors, award parish scholarships, and celebrate after Mass with coffee and pastries. All parishioners are welcome to join us!
A Graduation Blessing
Before you were even formed, God knew you. While in your Mother’s womb, God named you. At your birth, God’s breath filled you with life.
Today we celebrate what you have become at this moment in time. And so we pray,
God of our beginnings, We thank you for the gifts of these graduates; their excitement, their awesome wonder and curiosity, their open speech and encouraging words. heir contributions have blessed and challenged us, and we have become a richer and more diverse community because of them.
As they step forward into the world that awaits, comfort their fears with the full knowledge of your divine presence.
Strengthen their resolve to walk in the footsteps of Jesus as modern-day disciples in a world that needs their spirit.
Guide their feet as they move through life, protecting them from the pitfalls of darkness while they help lead future generations into the warmth and promise of your light.
We ask this blessing upon each of them, In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Our parishes are teaming up and getting ready for some fun this summer with Totus Tuus! Totus Tuus is a summer catechetical program offered through the diocese. This year the program will focus on The Sacraments and The Sorrowful Mysteries. A team of four college students will be coming to spend the week with our youth. The team is committed to bringing our youth closer to Christ through the sacraments, prayer, and fun!
These scholarships are in amounts up to $1,000 and will be awarded each May to students who are members of St Mary Parish, Oskaloosa, and are currently graduating from a local high school. The various scholarship funds of St. Mary Parish, Oskaloosa were established by generous church members or by their heirs, as memorials. These funds are to assist our students in pursuing higher education opportunities.
Scholarship Applications must be returned to the Parish Office, 301 High Ave. East, Oskaloosa by April 1, 2019.