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  • Here are my notes for the January 16th Class, from Dr. Sri's book "Into His Likeness".
    Adult Faith Formation Class Notes
    January 16, 2022

    “INTO HIS LIKENESS” by Dr. Edward Sri
    Part 2 “THE ENCOUNTER”,
    Section 1: “MEETING GOD IN THE VALLEY”
    A. ...
    Here are my notes for the January 16th Class, from Dr. Sri's book "Into His Likeness".
    Adult Faith Formation Class Notes
    January 16, 2022

    “INTO HIS LIKENESS” by Dr. Edward Sri
    Part 2 “THE ENCOUNTER”,
    Section 1: “MEETING GOD IN THE VALLEY”
    A. Example of Sri’s 16 month old trying to jump for the first time
    1. At first, excitement, loves the attention and encouragement
    2. Next, hesitancy, self-doubt, fear of failure
    3. Finally – despair, realizes she simply can’t do it.
    4. DO WE ACTUALLY BELIEVE we can do nothing without God’s help? Really?
    B. A Masterpiece in Three Movements
    1. The Upward Struggle
    i. As we advance in our faith, God inspires us to do better.
    ii. We really WANT to develop virtues and root out vices.
    iii. 2 Steps forward- 1 step back
    iv. 1 step forward – 2 steps back
    2. Falling Back
    i. We realize how much we are falling behind
    ii. “Why can’t I change”?
    iii. Even conquering one BIG sin only makes us aware of how many others are lurking within us.
    iv. We have a choice to make: Three Options
    1. Despair – (ex. Judas)
    2. Impatience – [Sts. Therese of Lisieux, Faustina, Ignatius of Loyola, Martin Luther(?)] (Scrupulosity can even lead to pride, spiritual coldness, indifference toward others, etc.)
    3. Humility (ex. Celine)

    Part 2, Section 2: “DRUNK WITH LOVE”

    A. GOD LOVES ME
    a. Face it, if we really believe God loves us, and wants us to spend eternity with Him, there MUST be a reason He has not yet given us the grace to overcome sin. Our sins can teach us something, if we allow it to happen. They can even bring us closer to God.
    b. Pope John Paul II: “We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures, we are the sum of our Father’s love for us, and our real capacity to become the image of His Son.”
    c. God uses moments of despair to bring us to a deeper experience of His Love. Back when I was relying on my own sufficiency to be “righteous” and “in control” there came a point in my life where bad things didn’t just come “in threes”, but they came in rapid succession until I broke.” I had to experience these episodes over and over, until I eventually understood that God REALLY does love me, just as I am.
    d. Example of the Prodigal Son. (Prodigal Father?)
    i. The son needed to return on his own
    ii. His repentance didn’t need to be perfect, only sincere.
    iii. His Father longed for him (saw him from afar).
    e. “Most of us go through life with a fragile, artificial confidence because it is based upon ourselves.”
    f. St. Theresa of Calcutta: “I worry that some of you still have not really met Jesus – one to one – you and Jesus alone.”
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    First Holy Communion

    PSR Students making First Holy Communion at the 10:00 Mass
    8th May, 2022
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    PSR Family Class at 11:00AM

    PSR Students and Parents. See Announcements for more details.
    13th Feb, 2022
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  • Hello and Happy New Year!
    This weekend the second collection is Tornado victims in Kentucky. Please prayerfully consider what you can do to support those who are suffering such terrible losses.

    PSR scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled....
    Hello and Happy New Year!
    This weekend the second collection is Tornado victims in Kentucky. Please prayerfully consider what you can do to support those who are suffering such terrible losses.

    PSR scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled. We plan to resume as scheduled in February. Also, for those who have children making their First Holy Communion this year--please mark your calendars for preparation classes on Saturday Feb 5th and Saturday March 5th from 10-noon. The date for First Holy Communion is May 8th.

    Super Bowl Hoagies will be back! Please watch for order forms to reserve your Hoagies. If you can help prepare Hoagies beginning at 10:30 am on Saturday, February 12th we would appreciate it. Contact Cathy 330-874-4716 if you can help. All proceeds go to support our Schools.

    A Reminder that Holy Trinity is still supporting TV Schools Backpack program with cans of ravioli. Help feed our kids in need on the weekends when they are not receiving school lunches. Ravioli can be placed in box in the hallway.

    What do the Knights of Columbus Do?
    Most everyone in the parish knows of the presence of the Knights of Columbus but do they know what the K of C does year after year? Well, as it turns out, they do quite a lot.
    The most visible things the Knights do are the annual Fish Fry’s and the Brat sales in Zoar, which are actually a parish activity with the Knights setting everything up, ordering the food, coordinating volunteers, etc.. However, there are activities that are not so visible, such as preparing and serving meals for distribution by the Salvation Army each month, setting up for bereavement lunches, Welcoming Dinners/Breakfasts, organizing Family Rosary Sundays, building maintenance/cleanup. All these have a cost to them.
    Over the past year the Knights have spent $2192.00 for the Salvations Army lunches, donating $4527.00 to the parish in support of activities and donating $3000.00 to St Vincent de Paul. In addition to monetary donations, Knights have donated their time to the tune of over 1500 hours for all the above activities and then some.
    One of the mottos of the Knights is “In Solidarity with Our Priests”. That means that if Father or the Deacon asks for help, the Knights respond with “Yes”. Very, very rarely, if ever, is the response “No”.
    Holy Trinity Council 13081 has a membership of 45, with about 25 who are active. The average age of the members is 68. The council is always looking for new members and any Catholic gentleman 18 years old and above may join the Order. Joining is as easy as going to www.kofc.org, clicking the “Join” button and following the instructions, noting Council # 13081. The Exemplification is done virtually and takes about 35 minutes. Families are invited to participate along with the candidate, as the Knights of Columbus is a family-oriented society.
    So now you know what it is that the K of C does in/for the parish. So, the next time you see a parish event taking place, express your thanks to the Knights who are working diligently to make that event a rousing success.
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  • A Reminder: this coming weekend is the last weekend for donations for Altar Flowers and for Clergy Christmas Gifts.

    Please feel free to take the book "Life is Messy", located in the hallway, home for yourself or to give to a neighbor, family...
    A Reminder: this coming weekend is the last weekend for donations for Altar Flowers and for Clergy Christmas Gifts.

    Please feel free to take the book "Life is Messy", located in the hallway, home for yourself or to give to a neighbor, family member or friend. There are plenty of books still available.

    Holiday Mass Times are:
    Christmas Eve Friday 12/24 at 5 pm
    Christmas Day Saturday 12/25 at 10 am
    Sunday 12/26 at 10 am.

    I would personally like to thank all of our Ministry Volunteers for your service to Holy Trinity and for your always prompt response to my text requests. It is a pleasure to work with all of you!
    This year I am asking for your help in scheduling for Christmas weekend since I have no idea if you will be in town or what Mass you may be attending. We are going to be asking for extra help with ministries since we should have many visitors to the Church. So if you can volunteer for one of the slots below, I would appreciate it. Please RSVP by Sunday, December 19th so that I can try to fill in any open slots.
    FRIDAY 5 PM
    Lectors 2 people
    Greeters 4 people
    Ushers 2 People
    Servers 2 People
    Livestream 1 Person
    SATURDAY 10 AM
    Lectors 2 people
    Greeters 4 people
    Ushers 2 people
    Servers 2 people
    Livestream 1 person
    SUNDAY
    Lectors 1 person
    Greeters 2 people
    Ushers 1 person
    Servers 2 people
    Livestream 1 person
    Friday and Saturday we would like two of the Greeters to be outside of the Church, so if you are willing to be outside please indicate that.

    Have a Blessed and Happy Christmas!
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