This summer has been a flurry of activity at St. Patrick's parish as there has been much work to do in the "vineyard". Not only did we welcome some new catechists to our team as they completed their Level One formation this summer, we had some of our catechists move on to Level 2 training. This training was held right here at St. Patrick's as we welcomed people from all over Iowa and one catechist from Washington state.
Our goal of opening two! new Level 2 atria for children in 1st and 2nd grade was made a reality thanks to the generous effort of the wonderful women (and men!) who have given tirelessly of their time, treasure and talent.
Making the materials for use in the atrium is the work of the catechist (and their husbands, sons, daughters, etc!) This intimate familiarity with the materials gives the catechist an opportunity to reflect on the essential message given to the child and pray for the children who will be working with these materials in the years to come. It is a holy work.
Building shelves for the new atria, purchasing supplies, scouring craigslist, shopping garage sales, putting the scroll saw to excellent use, sanding, painting and crafting is just a sample of the work that is done to prepare for the coming year.
It is an exciting time and deep in our hearts we know it is a worthwhile endeavor. We pray the fruits of this work will be borne in the years to come.