Tonight after Mass we will have a potluck for food and fellowship. The theme is one pot comfort food. Even if you can’t bring a dish, bring your appetite. There will be plenty of food to share!
The Life Alert ads remind us, “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”
Most of us tend to think of the second half of life as largely about getting old, dealing with health issues, and letting go of life. Franciscan Priest and spiritual guide, Fr. Richard Rohr, will help us understand the tasks of the two halves of life and show that those who have fallen, failed, or “gone down” are the only ones who understand the richness of “up.”
What looks like falling down can largely be experienced as “falling upward.” In fact, it is not a loss but somehow actually a gain, as we have all seen with elders who have come to their fullness of wisdom.
Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
Paul tells us in first Corinthians 11, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became older, I put away childish things.”
Before anyone can make that leap, we need to be able to identify what it means to spiritually be a “child” and how that relates to Carl Jung’s two halves of life.
We’ll gather at Holy Family from 6:30-8:00 on five of the Wednesday evenings of lent to break open Fr. Richard’s teachings on this subject. (February 21, 28, & March 7, 14, 21)
With the help of Fr. Richard’s videos, we’ll explore the counterintuitive message that we grow spiritually much more by doing wrong than by doing right–a fresh way of thinking about spirituality that grows throughout life.
- Offers a new view of how spiritual growth happens? Loss as gain.
- Explains why the second half of life can and should be full of spiritual richness.
- How modern society and structures are stacked against those in that second half of their journey.
Hope to see you there!
Remember the dates, February 21, 28, & March 7, 14, 21
This is the clip art we used on the flyer to announce our Keep Them Warm coat drive for the children at Southern View School. What you see below are the real pictures of the results so far of our efforts!
Our drive is only three weeks old and in that time we have collected and delivered twenty coats, over 200 pairs of socks, 200 pair of gloves, countless hats plus the shoes and boots you see in the picture and we are still going strong. While the numbers of gloves and socks sound like a lot, we all know how children lose things! We are going to keep up our drive throughout the winter to replace lost gloves. Full confession: I never spend more than $2.00 on a pair of gloves because I always lose them. Always. I have every sympathy in the world for the child who loses his or her gloves!
If you are not a member of Holy Family you can still donate to our drive. Simply give your donation to a member or –better yet!—drop it by Holy Family before 4:30 p.m. Mass on any Saturday. We will gratefully accept your donation on behalf of the children.
On another note, I would like to wish you a Happy New Liturgical Year! And Happy Advent. I love the deep blues and violets of this season. I love the candlelight, I love singing “O Come O Come Emmanuel” and I love how the Scripture builds leading us into Christmas. I hope you, too, celebrate the things you love about Advent as you go about making your preparations for Christmas. Come celebrate Advent with us at Holy Family, we would love to have you be part of our family!
Holy Family Inclusive Catholic Community is collecting winter outerwear for the students at Southern View School.
*Coats* *Hats* *Gloves* *Socks*
Donations may be given to any Holy Family member or dropped off at:
Holy Family Inclusive Catholic Community
510 E. Apple Orchard Rd on Saturdays at 4:00 pm.
Saturday, February 25, from 11am – 2pm the Parish will be hosting a blood drive and parish festival in honor of Richard Dambrauskas. Richard was an avid Cubs fan and the theme will be baseball. His parents Deej and John will be providing ballpark food. Also we will have auction items including Cardinal tickets, an autographed photo of Steve Trout from the Cubs and many other items. The proceeds of the silent auction items will be donated to the Children’s Oncology Group. Richard’s Oncologist was a member of this group and was able to get into several clinical trials because of it.
Due to the weather we will not have Mass this weekend.