Every Friday evening, during the hour allotted usually for prayerful silence, we gather in chapel for a service of faith sharing and night prayer. At these gatherings we will offer reflections on the Sunday Gospel. Therefore, instead of reading, meditating on, and praying over the lectionary readings of the day, I am studying the Sunday Gospel, which is John 6:41-51.
Continuing Day, On Pilgrimage. Finishing McKenna, Mary.
This morning and afternoon: presentations on a few of the ministries we will be performing this year. We have already visited the ministry at the University of California-Santa Barbara, which is a university parish. Today we will be greeting representatives from a Santa Barbara resource center for disabled persons; a retirement community in Solvang; and Catholic Charities of Santa Barbara County, covering Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Lompoc. These are not all the options available to us; we will have at least two more presentations in the next two weeks, and we will see a video made by last year's novice class in testimony to these ministry assignments. We have been told there may be the possibility of prison ministry in Lompoc with one of the Capuchin priests who resides at Old Mission Santa Ines, but bureaucratic complexities (or barriers, as one may see it) make this unlikely. Hoping against hope, however, that this option may become available to us.
This evening, the aforementioned faith sharing in chapel.
Continuing heat with dry air.