Shawna Kaschmitter was our guest at Prairie ROCKS last week. She talked to the class about participating in the RCIA process before joining the Catholic Church during Easter of 2009. Shawna explained that it was very difficult to move away from her family and friends and now being part of the Catholic Church has given her that feeling of being surrounded by family once again. She encouraged the students to quickly seek out the Catholic Church when they go off to college. Not only is this good spiritually, but also to help them find familiarity and ‘family’ in the midst of so many changes in their lives.
Shawna expressed her thankfulness for having grown up in a small town in Washington. She suggested that the students consider the benefits of living in a small town and to truly appreciate what they have here in Cottonwood while they are still here. On Friday the students discussed the pros and cons of small town life vs. city life. While they all seem anxious to move on and go to college, some look forward to coming back to settle in a small town and others anticipate living in the city. In the end, what really matters is to make the most of wherever you are and whatever you are doing. They were encouraged to begin practicing this concept of the “sacrament of the present moment” as Fr. Camillus used to call it, while in class, at mass, and at home with their families.
Plan to join us on Thursday March 18 at 8:20 or 9:20 at the high school PEACE building when Nick McDonough joins us to speak about his missionary work in Africa. We all look forward to hearing his captivating tale.