blessing rite held
On Oct. 8th, thirty young people gathered to begin their second year of Confirmation. The day started with the active service of roadside clean up. As orange vests were gathered, signs put up and gloves readied the group headed out to Highway 95 to search for treasures. The competition was on to see who could find the coolest thing in the midst of our 3 miles stretch. At the end of this adventure our trophies comprised of 2 buckets, 3 gas caps, a Boise State flag, and a set of silverware. I’d say it was a very successful mission.
Following our service activity we gathered together at Assumption Hall to eat lunch and begin our afternoon retreat. The retreat began with a video of Jesus calling His disciples from the Sea of Galilee. His call challenged the fisherman to leave their nets behind and follow him. Our afternoon was spent discovering our net worth, acknowledging the safety nets in our lives, exploring obstacles that tangle our nets, and reflecting on ways we can get caught up in the net of discipleship. Each youth was challenged to grow deeper in their own call on the Confirmation journey as they reflected, journaled, prayed, shared, worked, and listened. It was a meaningful way to start this sacramental journey!
At 5:00 p.m. the youth gathered at Assumption Church for the Mass and a Blessing Rite. It is here they were recognized and acknowledge by name in front of the gathered community. As a Church we join them on this path as they strive to live out their baptismal call in a fuller and deeper way. What a beautiful site to see so many young hearts yearning to take ownership of their faith walk and join in the dance of parish and community life.
At the end of the Liturgy the community gathered back at Assumption hall for a wonderful spaghetti dinner prepared by Angela Seubert. Everyone came together to celebrate and rejoice in the gift of who we are as the Body of Christ. It was a perfect way to end the day. Please continue to pray for these young people as they continue to learn, grow, and develop in the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit! We truly are counting on you!
Confirmation Blessing Rite: Pictured: Front Row (L-R) Father Richard Haldane , Debbie Chicane. Second Row: (L-R) Andy Gehring, Nicole Frei, Jessica Kaschmitter, Dakota Wilson, Alex Duman, Brandi Gehring, Jared Higgins, Clark Bruno, Austin Sonnen. Third Row: (L-R) Kayla Duclos, Rachael Frei, Nicole Wemhoff, Brooke Schumacher, Tanna Schlader, Leah Holthaus, Lydia Lustig, Levi Lustig. Fourth Row: Andrea Kaschmitter, Cheryl Gehring, Kody Duclos, Sarah Chmelik, Gregory Hattrup, Matthew Schwartz, Shane Stubbers, Marcus Higgins, Justin Schmidt, Nick Shears, Garrett Schmidt, Dan Wemhoff. Not pictured: Megan Rehder, Rachel Uhlenkott, Cassidy Stubbers.
Tri-Parish to host Advent mission
St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cottonwood is the home of our advent mission. There will be four consecutive evenings of prayer, singing and reflections in response to the preaching of Fr. Anthony Judge C.S.s.R. a Redemptionist priest from Chicago. The Redemtorists have a long history of preaching parish missions in the United States.
The Parish Mission is an extraordinary preaching event. God’s Word is proclaimed through the Bible and through life, learning and personal experience of the preacher. The MISSION begins Sunday, November 27, at 7:00 p.m. and continues each of the next three evenings, concluding on Wednesday evening. Each service should last about an hour and 15 minutes and will be followed by a time for fellowship and snacks and drinks.
The themes, symbols, topics and goals of the preaching and reflections and renewal is different each evening. All members of Assumption, St. Anthony’s and St. Mary’s parish are urged to participate in this “CONVERSION MISSION.” Indeed, all Christians in the area are invited to attend any part of, or all of, this great event.