CoMMUNITY Religious 

  • Greetings, Boone County Catholic families. Whether your situation has your family at home or still in your work routine, we have been thinking of and praying for you all. 

    Through this change and in the absence of religious education classes, we would like to be a resource to our families by offering “weekly challenges” to grow in your faith together at home. While keeping in mind how we can help alleviate others’ suffering in this situation, we are also drawn to prayer and strengthening our own family through quality time together, fun, and a renewed & increased faith.


    April 4, 2020
    Tell us how you're celebrating Holy Week!

    What a different Holy Week this will be. Holy Week has become one of my favorite weeks of the year, beginning with a pause in the solemn overtone of Lent with welcoming Jesus into the city singing, "Hosanna to the King!" to the betrayal, Last Supper, and death on the cross, to the Easter resurrection, we mirror this in our parish activities. Our parishes each have special traditions from egg hunts and breakfasts, Stations of the Cross, washing of the feet, and of course, the Easter Vigil & Easter morning Mass. While we will do without these traditions this year, this is an opportunity for each of us to bring new traditions or strengthen existing faith traditions within our homes.

    In the Pope's message in last week's Urbi et Orbi, several passages really spoke to me, but none as much as this: 

    “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” Lord, you are calling to us, calling us to faith. Which is not so much believing that you exist, but coming to you and trusting in you. This Lent your call reverberates urgently: “Be converted!”, “Return to me with all your heart” (Joel 2:12). You are calling on us to seize this time of trial as a time of choosing. It is not the time of your judgement, but of our judgement: a time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not. It is a time to get our lives back on track with regard to you, Lord, and to others."   

    Let us all choose to enliven our faith during this time. May the absence of our parish family, our extended families, and the Eucharist in our lives deepen our longing for them and our desire to make Christ the center of our families and our homes. 
    We realize that each of our families is in a different position right now, depending on family schedules, disruptions in income, and new responsibilities of work and home. We are praying for each of you and hope that these resources can assist you in more fully living your faith in the home and filling the hunger for Christ in our lives. 

    See the document attached to t he right "Holiest Holy Week" for daily ideas, scripture reading, and more. We hope you will try one of the ideas, or try one each day. We would love to hear how everyone is celebrating Holy Week in your own homes!  Please send pictures to Megan or I or upload to the parish facebook site if you are willing to share. 

    My prayers are with you for a contemplative, healthy, and faith-filled Holy Week at home. 
    Kelley Grothus
    Director of Religious Education
    St. Malachy