We had our second meeting of The Apostles study group on Sunday night. Our group is growing. I think we have about 15 or 16 participants. That is about the right size for a discussion group format. After some initial stumbling at getting the word out, I think we have our act together and things are running pretty smoothly. The study guide by Amy Welborn is very good. I find it most helpful to read the study guide first then read the book. This serves to focus my reading on the key points. I am very grateful to the Holy Spirit for stirring the hearts of those who are attending.
Of course with prayers answered for that project, I am emboldened to pray for my next project. As part of teaching seventh-grade CCD, I am inviting the parents in on occasion for some parent/child catechesis. I did this back in September for our second class session and used Cardinal Arinze’s presentation on the five pillars of a Catholic family. I am inviting them again for next Monday’s class and will be talking about bringing the Liturgical Calendar into our family lives. I presented the invitation as a “Happy New Year” event since we will be getting ready for the start of the new liturgical year with the beginning of Advent. I think this is the perfect time to introduce the elements of celebrating the liturgical year in our homes. So please join me in prayer that the Holy Spirit will once again stir the hearts of my students’ parents and they will join our class next Monday and be open to bringing the seasons of the Church into their homes.