In this time of uncertainty, there's a fundamental truth that gives us hope – that together we can do extraordinary things. Over the past few weeks and months, the entire world has been coming together to stand up, help out, give back, and heal. Whether that's through streaming Liturgies, donations to community organizations, celebrating doctors and nurses at shift changes, or reaching out to a neighbor to help with groceries, generosity has been helping the entire world get through this global pandemic. Together with God's help.
On May 5, 2020, the Maronite Servants of Christ the Light are participating in #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity and giving.
As you know, the Maronite Servants are the spiritual mothers of our parishes by offering our life of prayer, guiding retreats, workshops, youth and young adult ministry, catechesis, and other works of mercy. During these months, our mission has flourished on-line and we have kept up our outreach by hosting bible studies, worship training, retreats, and youth advisor and catechist mentoring. And each day we have a phone us for prayer initiative: “Need Prayer, We Care,” and reaching out to those in need.
But we can’t do this without you! Not only do we need your support, we need your help to spread the word. Please tell your friends and family why you believe in our work and encourage them to support us too! Join the movement on May 5, 2020! Bookmark our donate link today: Support the Sisters No gift is too small and your support is greatly appreciated.
Thank you for being a part of our Maronite Servants of Christ the Light mission! Our gratitude is our love and prayer for you. God bless you and keep you well.
In Mary, Mother of the Light,
Sister Marla Marie and Sisters
By God’s grace an eparchial team of people have been working on ways to enhance our catechists, youth leaders and family life volunteers. What you will read about below is an optional, but highly recommended, program to strengthen our competent and faithful laity to better carry out their roles in our parishes.
I am pleased to launch this eparchial initiative for our catechists and MYO youth advisors, called Franciscan at Home. It has long been a desire of mine to assist our laity in their service. Franciscan at Home is an excellent opportunity to continue to train and deepen our spiritual journey.
This is a free online program of workshop tracks through the Catechetical Institute of Franciscan University, open to all of our parish volunteers. There are over 100 dioceses already partnering with Franciscan University and benefiting from the high-quality content offered.
Catechists in our parish religious programs and our MYO youth advisors are invited to participate in these 12 one-hour workshops expertly filmed with a staff of professionals in the fields of catechesis and youth ministry. Also, two of these workshops will focus on our Maronite Tradition. The content is presented to inspire, educate, train, and enhance one’s knowledge and skills in presenting the Catholic faith.
These workshops are available in the convenience of one’s own home according to one’s schedule and require some reading and writing. Please see the attached flyers for the details of these programs. I have asked the Maronite Servants of Christ the Light to assist, and they are available by phone or email to help if there are any questions.
It is my hope that as many as possible will join these programs, which will enhance one’s faith and in turn enhance the faith of the youth we serve. With parish meetings suspended for the time being, this might be a good opportunity for personal training.
Our Office for Family and Pro-life has also created an excellent website, including seminars on Natural Family Planning. I highly encourage young people, engaged couples, and married couples with families, to strengthen their love for the sacred dignity of marriage and family life. Please also see the flyer attached.
Thank you for serving our youth and be assured of my prayers.