Dear Sharon Chapel Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Families, In the midst of uncertainty and times of challenge, particularly now with social distancing, we can continue to be the light the world so desperately needs by reaching out to one another, supporting each other and by continuing to worship together, albeit in a new way, drawing ever closer to God, our refuge and our strength. As the people of God, we share a particular connectedness and love in Christ.
One of the joys of belonging to a small parish is the very close bond we have as the Sharon Chapel family. The warmth and special nature of this place is what drew our family to worship here. It has been difficult not to experience the joy of seeing each of you and particularly the light and love of the children ever so busy and active in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atrium.
A Catechesis of Hope: Life of the Atrium
In the atrium particularly during Lent the youngest children meditate on Psalm 23. The children listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd who calls each of them by name. They delight in Jesus; the shepherd who provides the sheep with everything they need; the Good Shepherd who is there to comfort and restore us.
Coping with Anxiety
With the older children, we ponder Jesus the True Vine and our connectedness-how we might remain in Jesus. We are called to put on the armor of God and walk as children of the light. The prayers of the children reflect this hope as they are not shielded for the news and events of the world. We offer a catechesis of hope in the Parousia, the day when God will be all in all, and God's Kingdom will have no end and there will be no more war or illness or sickness or dying.
Our hope is for you to be able to join us virtually through Zoom invitation by voice or online where we will have resources and activities for families at home until we are again able to gather for worship. Please read the parish weekly update. Let us know how we can offer further support.
Solemn Communion Class
It is our hope to have different volunteers each week take part in break out session in Zoom. We will continue the Solemn Communion Class via Zoom, March 29-April 3, 12:30PM-1:30PM. We will need two adults weekly to volunteer be on hangout as well, in order to safeguard children online.
How can we help
Contact me if you would like to be involved in some way in helping to facilitate an online video conference or lead a meditation as we explore different ways of staying in contact as we seek to continue to be surprised by joy, the mystery and majesty of God as we journey on this path together towards the light.
Faithfully, in the love and light of Christ,