I joined the HUGS staff in 2015, mostly to understand the love and transformative experiences our youth describe. I found HUGS Camp to be God’s Kingdom on earth, where one can experience the world as God intends it to be.
I salute our graduating seniors: Maurice Clarke, Rebekah McMillian, Lena Miano, and Christina O’Neill. They are a remarkable group of young people and a privilege to know.
Worrying has been affecting me in ways that are new for me. And, because I’m such an extrovert, I find my comfort and joy in being with those I care about, like our St. Peter’s family. So where does this new Season leave me and you, if you are worried, too?
This Sunday we celebrate the Rite 13 Liturgy, a rite of passage in our young peoples’ lives, as well as a special occasion for them, for their parents, and for the parish. Your support plays a part in this journey. By joining in Sunday’s liturgy, you join in the celebration of this journey to adulthood.
We owe it to our friends and neighbors to share with them the good news of Christ through our worship services, our formation programs and our in-reach and outreach opportunities. Join me in inviting others to experience what we have.
At the same time that we are remembering, sharing, and unpacking the 2019 Youth Pilgrimage in this Sunday’s Forum, we must begin the process of preparing the next class of youth pilgrims for their life-changing journey in 2021. Join us for Shrimp and Suds on Saturday, October 5 at 6:30 p.m. on the St. Peter’s Rooftop Patio.
This Sunday, the nine members of our 2019 Pilgrim Class, their adult leaders and our Priest-in-Charge will receive the “Gifts of Pilgrimage,” outward and visible symbols and tools to enable these pilgrims to grow in grace and in their relationships with God and Jesus. As we walk this Holy Pilgrimage together through London, Canterbury, and Northern France we will concentrate on growing community and being present in each sacred place we visit.
The beauty of attending church and participating in Christian formation is that this is where we all come to give and receive a regular infusion of love, acceptance, peace and knowledge. As this class of seniors take the next steps on their journeys, may they know that they take with them our unceasing prayers and our well-wishes for the coming years.
The Youth Pilgrims embark on their Holy Pilgrimage this summer and invite the parish to join them in celebration at the “St. Pierre’s Spaghetti Dinner” and Silent Auction on Saturday, March 16. All proceeds benefit their journey and experience connecting to God.
Purchase Homemade Chili this Sunday to support the Youth Pilgrimage Fund as they travel to France this summer.