A new year is upon us, and now is the time for renewing our spirits. It’s a fresh start. For many it is a time for embarking on the traditional New Year’s resolutions. Often those resolutions are attempts at making big changes, having a big impact on habits and health. I propose a simpler approach in 2011.
Take a minute and reflect on last year, then make yourself a promise to do one thing better in 2011. Whether that might be saying an extra prayer each day; taking time to reflect with God; getting to reconciliation more often; listening to the words of others; or simply taking the time to be silent.
This week is Vocations Week and our seminarians are entering into silent retreat. I ask you to say a prayer for them as they embark on this special week. Silent retreat is all about slowing down, praying, and tuning into the peacefulness of quiet time. It’s all about hearing the voice of God clearly.
So, where might you find Face Forward and our exciting vocations programs in January? Everywhere!
Here is quick look at where we will be this month… thank you to Holy Spirit for their warm January 9th event, St. Brendan’s youth group (Jan. 16th), St. Agatha Jan. 29-30, Night of Hope and Inspiration, the Ohio Right to Life event featuring Newt and Callista Gingrich (Jan. 28), Our Lady of Miraculous Medal (Jan 30) and many, many more!
Please say an extra special prayer for Ty Tomson as he becomes ordained this weekend. Watch the wall and blog for pictures from this beautiful event.
Please come and say hello, and I wish you a blessed and happy new year!
Father Paul Noble