Editor’s note: This week’s “Message from Father LeRoy” is being written by Lisa Neu our Faith Formation Coordinator. Father LeRoy’s article will return next week.
Thank you to our catechists who made it through this year, Fully Relying on God! Lois Mohs in kindergarten, PegAnn and Meghan Bjorkllund in grade 1, John Horn and Kelly Traivis in grade 2, Julie DeVaan in grade 3, Chris Viney in grade 4, Maria Burnham in grade 5, James Onfrey and Adrian Pierkalla in grades 6/7, Tara Voumard and Jamie O’Hara in grade 8 and Conrad Meier in grade 9. Thank you also to our dedicated substitute catechists, Paula Gottwalt and Adrea Telega!
Thank you to our Community Meal cooks and volunteers! To John Horn, Amy Vogel, Amy Meiers, Jessica Brinker, Bob Sterzinger, Rosie Fritz, Mary Dee Sandey, Gary and Elaine Notch, and the many young people who helped serve or set up.
Thank you to our Hall monitors and Wednesday night office helpers! To Jeff Koltes, Jason and Sarah Schindler, and Kim and Ella Kockler.
Thank you to our Sunday School staff, Meaghan and Scott Baynes and their family!
Throughout the year I’ve shared ideas about the future of faith formation with the families involved in faith formation. Together we’ve brainstormed collaborative possibilities and refined goals. I’ve taken feedback from our community into collaborative conversation within our ACC and the St. Cloud Metro area. We will see changes in Faith Formation as we move into the future. Though change can often be hard, I want to assure you that every effort is being made to honor our past and to move into a future led by mission.
Next year, 7 of the 10 St. Cloud Metro parishes will be working together to provide collaborative Sacrament Preparation for Confirmation. These same seven parishes will also support one another in the way we prepare children for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
In our Area Catholic Community, we’ll see greater collaboration. Faith Formation will be served by one team and in one location. On May 8 we’ll be holding a meeting from 6:30-7:45 pm at St. Michael’s Church in the gathering space to share our goals, dreams, and to form working committees around combined Faith Formation in our ACC. I invite you to join us!