Monday Message, May 9, 2022

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It’s official. We now have one form that can be downloaded and used for all parish faith formation programs. Beginning in fall 2022, this form is to be used by all parishes. If you would like it customized for your parish, please email Carmela. As of now, these forms are available, as requested last week on the parish leader check in call:

Diocesan Consent and Release

Please use this form. Do not change it. Do not copy and paste into forms you already use. Next year, this will be part of an online comprehensive registration.

Parishes that requested customized versions:

People of Hope continues this week. All the bugs have been worked out and workshops from last week should be uploaded by this afternoon. Please see this page for more information.

Final reminder. If you think you are having Confirmation in Fall 2022 but have not yet submitted your forms, you probably are not having Confirmation in Fall 2022.


The readings around this time of year include some great reflections from the Acts of the Apostles.

One of them we hear, if we were really listening, great advice.

“We must obey God rather than man.”

Man tells us it’s okay to be mean if people deserve it or if it gets us ahead. God says, “ Love your neighbor.”

Man tells us it’s okay to execute in the name of government. God says, “Do not kill.”

Man tells us life begins whenever we say it begins and until then we can pretty much do what we want with that blob of cells. God says, “Before you were born, I called you by name.”

Man tells us that might makes right, power is everything, and the poor can take of themselves. God says, “The first shall be last,” and “As I have done, so you must do.”

Man tells us it’s okay to lie if it means we win the day, that the truth is flexible and its definition can change. God says, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

Man hates. God loves.

Man is intolerant. God welcomes everyone.

Man breaks down others. God builds us up.

Man gets lost. God gives Light.

Man despairs. God sends Hope.

Man crucifies. God resurrects.

Who we obey is a very big deal.