Bishop Peter Comensoli said last week in his homily to Catechists “Building a friendship takes time, trust and hope. So helping someone to form healthy friendship does not come from a text book or a set of instructions, it comes from a living witness to friendship and an offering of an apprenticeship in friendship.”
How have we in our Parish helped to “build” Friendships?
Sacramental Program, parents and children meeting others and getting to know all Parish Children, not just the ones that attend their schools.
Celebrating events like St Patrick’s Day, Curry Night on the Feast of Assumption, Special family Liturgies, youth retreats, Friendship Walk, Pilgrimage to Berrima, blessing of Married couples, celebrations of Church Feast days.
Catechists going into the schools every week to “share” their friendship with the children and helping them to form a friendship with our Lord.
Opportunity for prayer and reflection through Divine Mercy Sunday, Corpus Christi Procession, Pause and Reflect opportunities, Rosary devotion, Lent and Advent programs and many more.
Of course, our Friendship opportunity does not end here – let us continue this feeling through the Year of Youth, which begins on 2nd December. As we all witness to our family and friends and share the love of God with them we help them to encounter Him in a special way - Friendship.
A Big thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this Year of Friendship so meaningful.