The theme Living as Missionary Disciples is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. We are each called to rededicate ourselves to this mission as a community of faith.
One of our young parishioners and recent Georgia Tech graduate Natalie Larkins has felt the Lord’s call on her life to be a Missionary with FOCUS. FOCUS is a campus outreach that pursues college students with intentionality and love, inviting them in to a growing relationship with Jesus and the Catholic faith, inspiring and equipping them for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization, discipleship and friendships in which they lead others to do the same. Father John has personally made a monthly commitment to her missionary work, and he encourages others who feel called, above their regular tithing to the parish, to support this worthy missionary effort of the Church to reach out to College Students with the Faith. You can find out more on Natalie’s worthy endeavor by visiting her FOCUS webpage: https://www.focus.org/missionaries/natalie-larkins.
We are blessed to have so many parishioners who give of their time and talent weekly serving as catechists in our Faith Formation programs, handing on their faith and witnessing to the Gospel here within the parish. We extend heartfelt congratulations and gratitude to these catechists who have recently completed the Archdiocesan Basic Level of Certification: Trudy Turner, Marcel Ndoumna, Caroline Finn, Elvira Wood, Silvia Garduno, Kayla Bhodoo, Arianna Morales, Betty Canfield. Betty Carra, and Kathy McCoy, along with the following who have achieved the Intermediate Level Certification: Lori Crocker, Silvia Garduno, Mary Amaru, and Marianne Van Name. Doris Weaver has completed the Advanced level of Certification. Congratulations to all these leading learners. If you would like to know more about becoming certified by the Archdiocese, contact Diane Maguire.
A new approach to evangelization that we are implementing is a Catholic presence at the Gwinnett County Fair September 14-24. For the first time this year, St. Lawrence will have a vendor booth at the Fair that will help to bring to light the presence of the Catholic Church in Gwinnett County. Currently we are in the process of assembling the team of people that will help out with this new opportunity for evangelization in our local community. If you are interested in learning more about this outreach please contact Caroline Black (firstname.lastname@example.org) or David Schreckenberger (email@example.com).
The job of Missionary Discipleship belongs to all of us. Every baptized Christian is called to inspire and build up others in faith, sending them out to spread the good news and to live out the Great Commission: Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations (Mt. 28:19). As Mother Theresa reminds us: “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”
Let’s do great things together!