Our Lady of the Valley
Growing In Faith Together (GIFT)
Location: St. Ann School meeting room
Time: 7:00 – 8:05 pm
Members present: Father Pat VanDurme, Beth Jacobs, Joan Coleman, Suzanne Piatt, Marie Patti, Brenda Haley, Sharon Haley, & Charlotte Giglio
Sunday, 3/9: “Mystics Who See God: Finding God Inside Each of Us”. Fr. Pat will touch upon a few famous quotes by those considered “mystic” and their beliefs that it is possible for all of us to find God within ourselves. That God is within us, not “out there”. That is God’s promise to us that he is always with us.
Monday, 3/10: “How does this happen...finding God within?” Both our actions and God’s actions.
Tuesday, 3/11: A “Learning Mass” as we all should believe that receiving Eucharist is the point we see God. Review of what we do and why we do it during our mass/liturgy will be incorporated.
Following was decided upon by Fr. Pat and members present for each night of the mission:
Day #1, Sunday = “My offering to God....what will I do to open my heart to God?” Making a personal commitment and connection to God by writing it down on a slip of paper; coming forward to place in basket and receive “rainbow pin”. Basket of our “offerings” will remain on the altar for the 3 days of the mission.
Day #2, Monday = “Where does God want me to change?” Perhaps a visual of the rainbow on the altar; different colors of the rainbow could reflect different positive actions of change for suggestions.
Day #3, “Recognizing how God is in others.”
Closing Prayer: led by Father Pat.
Beth Ann Jacobs