For the 5th Sunday of Easter
By Jason Lillis, Coordinator of Family Life

As we continue to celebrate Easter, and prepare for Pentecost, our readings today once more remind us of the importance of living our faith in the context of the church community – both our domestic churches, and our larger Catholic church. From the Acts of the Apostles, we hear how it is in the context of the church that we stay connected to Christ. Each of us is a conduit for conveying Christ, and as we are reminded in the 1st letter from John, we best do so by loving each other not only “in word or speech but in deed and truth.” In this way we ourselves stay connected to Christ.

This connectedness can help us see beyond ourselves, beyond our drive for self-sufficiency or our own needs, to draw our domestic church – our homes – to be strengthened by each other and the presence of the Holy Spirit. It is a way to de-compartmentalize our “daily life” from our “church life.” The Church is a place where we can participate in ministry to strengthen our domestic churches.

One opportunity to grow in connectedness here at St. Francis is to join with other parents for our Active Parenting Class. Parenting can be a time filled with great anxiety, and through this course we hope to provide a place for parents to gather, learn, and share with each other through the framework of an excellent program designed by Dr. Michael Popkin, and facilitated by Gladys and Ben Whitehouse, last year’s presenters, who are back by popular demand. You can learn more and register for the class by visiting http://bit.ly/ActiveParentingSFA. The course will meet on May 8, 15, and 22 here at St. Francis, and I hope you can join us! Feel free to contact me if you have questions about this program, or any of the other ministries designed to strengthen your domestic church, by emailing me at jason.lillis@stfrancisraleigh.org, or follow our ministries on Twitter: http://bit.ly/AtSFAFamilyLife.