In three weeks we will begin a series of 10 virtual sessions with a discussion option to acquaint or reacquaint the St. Francis of Assisi family with the essential beliefs every Christian should know but sometimes may have a limited understanding. The series will inaugurate a program we are calling, To Know, To Believe, To Live. This program is funded by the Communities of Calling Initiative grant, which was awarded to our parish in 2019.
It has been my experience as pastor in previous parishes and as an undergraduate professor that some lifelong Catholics have good religious education in their background. It is also my experience that many more, including some of those with decent religious education backgrounds, lack an understanding of the essential, grounding basis for their Christian faith. This series will address these basics. The hope is that many households of the parish will take an opportunity in the coming five months to view the videos and possibly join a small group of other parishioners in a conversation about the main points covered in them. Small groups will meet virtually two times a month between May-September on a date and at a time mutually agreeable to the group for approximately 75-90 minutes per meeting. Trained facilitators will act as guides for each group to make the time as productive as possible. You may register for a day/time that works best for your schedule. If for some reason you need to miss a session (e.g., vacation), you may always view the video on your own schedule.
This is a great opportunity to meet new people in the parish, to re-connect with familiar ones, and dive into our Christian faith through virtual gatherings. Registration for participation in a small group is open April 10-22 via Realm, our new in-house communications network. If you have not set up your account in Realm, please go to https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/realm/ to set up your account so you may then register for a small group. As all parishioners received an invitation to join Realm, you may also check your inbox, spam or junk folders to respond to the emailed invitation.
If you have any questions about the series, please contact Kathy Sales at: Kathy.Sales@stfrancisraleigh.org. If you have questions about setting up your Realm account, please contact Ashley Watson at Ashley.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Growing in faith is a lifelong adventure and I believe this series will be enlightening to everyone from our high school youth to our senior members. Initial feedback from those who have seen the previews is very positive. We will use music and film clips to accentuate the points and not simply turn this into a dry lecture. Presentations will run between 25-35 minutes with opportunities to stop during the presentations for small-group discussion. Handouts will accompany each video for ease of capturing the main points of each video. I believe you will find this series to be helpful to your life as a Christian. Please join us.