OUR STORY …
Bishop Bob got quite a surprise that morning!
It’s not everyday that you get a call from the Vatican. But when you do, it probably won’t be the Pope on the other end of the call. On that memorable morning, however, Bishop Bob did get a call from the Vatican. And it really was the Pope on the other end of the call.
Miracles do still happen in the Chucktown Diocese!
IT IS WRITTEN …
The Bible informs us that we are all supposed to be in communion with God. We are His children. But this only happens when we place our faith in Christ. The status of our faith and the condition of our relationship with God can be witnessed in the joy we experience as we love our neighbors (1 John 1:3).
The Catechism explains that in every era, faithful people have invited others to enter into the joy of communion with Christ (CCC 425). People in all ages have had fun together because of those truths. They are explained and confirmed in the Bible.
LIFE GOES ON …
Bishop Bob found himself facing an unexpected challenge after talking with the Holy Father that morning.
“Whatever happened to the good, old days?”
He was sure that Papa was right. The Church had somehow changed over time. Though it was only anecdotal, the evidence was clear when he thought about spaghetti suppers and Bingo games. They were once a central part of parish life. Now they were all but extinct.
Papa had confronted Bishop Bob with one of his own parishes. It was Holy Trinity!
Things were very different in Holy Trinity. This parish seemed to be broken down into many, small groups. It was not some kind of strategy. It just seemed to have happened like that over time.
Those groups were like teams or like nuclear families within a larger family that was the parish itself. They all had a clear identity and purpose.
The people in those groups learned together. They served together. They played together. And they experienced life together.
These small groups were also entry points for people in the community outside the parish who wanted to meet Catholics and see what the Church was really all about.
“But had it gone too far?” the Bishop wondered.
Papa had told him that some of those people had started traveling together. They were also camping, hiking, and fishing together. And some even liked to collect old cars or ride motorcycles.
Those people on the motorcycles were just as bad as those people who collected the old cars and took them for rides on weekends. They would go all over the Diocese, stopping in other towns for breakfast or lunch together. They even attended daily mass in other parishes too!
This was all very different from what Bishop Bob was used to seeing. In his day, Catholic life was much simpler. A parish committee planned the parish activities, and the whole parish was invited to every activity. That was back in the good, old days. But those days were clearly gone now!
Bishop Bob realized that he couldn’t hold back the movement of time, but he was going to uncover the truth about what was happening. And he knew just the right person to help him with that assignment.
There’s more to this story than what meets the eye. Bishop Bob was going to get to the bottom of it!
That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!