Friday greetings on a beautiful Spring day here in Chicago. When I give RCIA talks and tell people that the Church envisions an apprenticeship model when it comes to Christian formation, I always remind folks that we need to get catechumens and candidates introduced into the Catholic life as it is lived by our parishioners. I always say that "Catholics know how to party well. Just look at the social calendars of most parishes, with their New Year's Eve celebrations, their post-Easter Vigil soirees, their Saint Joseph's tables, their Saint Patrick's Day dances, their various ethnic festivals. Get your catechumens and candidates to these events!"
Yesterday's news about the way Pope Benedict celebrated his birthday brought joy to my heart and an affirmation of the Church's teaching about the catechumenate. Catholics and Catholics-to-be, enjoy life! Grab a beer and thank God for the precious gift of this life! Happy Birthday Pope Emeritus Benedict!
I hope your weekend is filled with fun and joy.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.