A WORD FROM FATHER JOHN SHEEHAN, S.J.
7 October 2017
When I was a child, I thought as a child…. and so forth. I assume you can finish the rest of that quote and you know where it comes from.
If you can’t – then perhaps I am speaking particularly to you. Several times this week, in conversations with different people in different places, people said to me (and I promise you, I did not bring the topic up) that we have a serious problem in our Church and it is a lack of proper catechetical education in both adults and young people. It was said to me (again, several times) that our Catholics don’t know enough (in some cases anything) about our faith, and that we can too easily become like a cult, blindly following along, without knowing WHY we do things, or WHAT we believe and WHY we believe them.
I am not anxious to make more work for myself. But when I was installed as Pastor I made a series of solemn promises before the Bishop, and one of them was (and I quote) “to to exercise the ministry of the word worthily and wisely, preaching the Gospel and teaching the Catholic faith.” It seems I am caught. Our First Communion classes are underway and we will shortly begin Confirmation classes. That leaves two groups of people in the parish for whom, at the moment, there is no opportunity for further growth in the faith, in a formal way: children who are not preparing to receive sacraments, and adults.
Parents pretty much have to make the decision on behalf of their children, so if there is a desire for catechism class (or classes, depending on age and numbers) I need to hear about it. Adults have to make their own decision – but if you do not feel you have an ADULT understanding of your faith, and how it interacts with the day to day problems and conflicts and controversies you encounter, or worse, if you feel you don’t NEED any additional knowledge about the faith, I would suggest in either case that you are PRECISELY the audience I need to talk to.
But I can do nothing alone. I am willing to schedule my time into forever, if people are interested, or even just a little uncomfortable. Let me know if this is something we should pursue and we will – together – arrive at the how (what kind of form will classes take) and the when (which given all the activities to which you have already committed yourself and your children is not always an easy task) and I will then search for the people who can work with me to do some of this.
On October 28 and 29th I will be celebrating a Narrated Mass, which will explain some of the elements of our common worship, where they came from and why we do what we do. (More about that next week.) But that is a once a year event, and while interesting and educational, it does not take the place of a regular program of reading and discussion and sharing the elements of our faith. Think about it. Pray about it. Talk with others. And let me know.
Let us continue to pray for one another.
All of the priests at the Jesuit Center are available for conversation, consultation and confession. It is always best to email or phone directly to make an appointment; there is no receptionist at the Jesuit Center, and if you drop in, you may find us away or otherwise occupied.
The Weekly Newsletter of the Sacred Heart English Speaking Parish
Each week,we post here a Newsletter for the parishioners of the Sacred Heart English Speaking Parish. It will be available at the churches in print form, it can be sent it via email directly to those who request it, and it will also be available on our Facebook “Parish Group” page. Below is the link for all the editions in pdf format. If you have trouble accessing the pdf document, let me know.
THE CURRENT EDITION: Vol. 1 No. 34 29th Sunday
ARCHIVE OF PREVIOUS EDITIONS:
CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS
October 23 – 7 PM, Lector Training workshop at Jesuit Center
October 27 – 1 AM – Clocks turn BACK 1 hour.
– English Mass at Church of the Annunciation, Jabal Luweibde (12 Noon)
– 1 PM, Eucharistic Minister workshop (A) at Jesuit Center
October 28/29 – Narrated Mass in both sites
October 28 – Feast of Ss. Simon and Jude, Apostles
October 29 – English Mass at St. Joseph’s Church, Jabal Amman – 11:30 AM
November 1 – Solemnity of All Saints – Mass at 8:30 AM and 6 PM at the Jesuit Center
November 1 – Father John away on retreat until November 10
November 2 – All Souls’ Day
November 9 – Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
November 11/12 – SECOND COLLECTION in each Church
November 14 – 7 PM, Eucharistic Minister workshop (B) at Jesuit Center
November 16 – Fr. Robert McChesney arrives in Amman
November 17 – English Mass at Church of the Annunciation, Jabal Luweibde (12 Noon)
– 1 PM, Eucharistic Minister workshop (B) at Jesuit Center
November 18 – Children’s Mass at Sweifieh. Fr. Peter Schineller, SJ Principal Celebrant and Homilist
November 19 – English Mass at St. Joseph’s Church, Jabal Amman – 11:30 AM
November 21 – Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
November 22 – Memorial of St Cecilia, patron of music
November 25 – Begin the Novena to St. Francis Xavier
November 25/26 – Solemnity of Christ the King
November 30 – Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle
December 3 – First Sunday of Advent
POPE’S PRAYER INTENTION FOR OCTOBER
Workers and the Unemployed
That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights,
and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.
The Jesuit Center
P.0. Box 212074, Amman 11121, JORDAN
Phone: +962 6 461-4190 (Fr Sheehan’s extension is 29) (from outside Jordan: +962 06 461-4190)
Fax: +962 6 465-1315 (from outside Jordan: +962 06 461-1315)
Mobile in Jordan: 079 013-8985 (from outside Jordan: +962 79 013-8985)
If calling, please respect Jordanian business times: M-Th, Sa 9:15 AM – 5 PM; Please, no Friday or Sunday calls. Outside of these business hours, send pastoral urgent calls and messages by voice mail or email, with thanks.
We also have a Facebook Group – Search for “Parish Group” and if you ask to be a member of the group, you will be admitted. I will try to keep items of information, copies of weekly bulletins, special prayers and other announcements on this web site and on the Facebook group page. You can also have items sent to you directly via email, including daily Lenten reflections, announcements of events, and the weekly bulletin.
If you want to come in and visit (please do!), it is always best to make an appointment by email or phone. The Pastor’s office is located at the South end of the Jesuit Center, 43 Al-Razi Street, Jabal Hussein, Jordan. On arrival, call me by intercom or mobile to be admitted; use the door at the South end of the building. I’ll make sure you don’t get lost.
FILIPINO MINISTRIES: As of January, 2017, there is an appointed chaplain for Filipino Ministries. (link to Filipino Ministries ).