In the 13 chapter of Matthew’s gospel, Jesus presents the parable of the sower and the seed. He illustrates that a seed will not be fruitful if it is sown either on a path, on rocky ground, or among thorns. A seed must be sown on rich soil in order for it to grow and be fruitful.
Here at Sacred Heart, we take this parable seriously and desire that parishioners grow in their relationship with Jesus so that they may live a life of fruitfulness and fulfillment. Our mission is “Encountering Jesus, Becoming Missionary Disciples.” Our
personal encounter with Jesus is the seed sown in our hearts. This seed is to be continually nurtured with prayer, community, and catechesis in order for us to be fruitful, to become missionary disciples. Without prayer, our relationship with Jesus becomes like the seed sown among thorns: worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word of God within us. Without community, it becomes like the seed upon rocky ground: trial and tribulation immediately cause us to fall away from Christ. And without solid catechesis, it becomes like the seed sown on the path: we encounter Jesus but do not fully understand it, allowing the Evil One to come and steal away what was sown in our hearts.
To maintain a rich soil within, we recognize the important need for a solid catechesis. We believe that in-depth catechesis is most effective as an occasional, ongoing opportunity, rather than a temporary classroom setting. We also believe catechetical formation must be connected to an ongoing encounter with Jesus through prayer and community, lest the faith runs dry and irrelevant.
Therefore, we are excited to announce that we will be having a quarterly Formation Night open to all parishioners at Sacred Heart. In the same way that Grow Groups are designed to build upon our Alpha Groups, Formation Nights are meant to complement our Encounter Nights. Formation Nights will be from 6-8pm in the Parish Life Center and will include food, fellowship, catechesis, and discussion. Our first Formation Night is on Tuesday, January 22, and is entitled “Are You Saved?” We will be learning about the differences between the Catholic doctrine and the Protestant teachings on grace and salvation. I look forward to seeing many of you on January 22.