Letter From the Pastor September 29

Dear Friends,

Please Join me in welcoming my dear friend, Fr. Daniel Syverstad, OP who is here this weekend to make an appeal on behalf of the Western Dominican Province.  Some of you will remember Fr. Daniel from his visitations to our community during the 90s when he was Provincial.  He is now Pastor of our parish in Seattle and serves the Province as Development Director. I am very grateful that he has taken time from his busy schedule to be here this weekend.

Last weekend 48 Freshmen completed “The AmazinGrace – Freshman Retreat 2013.”  A lot of really hard work goes into that weekend and I am grateful to many who worked very hard to make it a successful retreat and we are blessed to welcome this year’s Freshmen to our Center and its ministries. The retreat weekend officially brings this year’s welcome activities to a close.  We enter the busy-ness of the middle of the semester and all of our programming is in full swing.  The many student leaders are very busy about our various ministries and I am always both inspired and amazed by their seemingly endless energy and goodness.

I will restart my weekly Wednesday-morning scripture study this Wednesday.  This semester we will begin looking at the longest of the Prophetic Books of the Old Testament: Isaiah.  This week, I will give an overview of the concepts of Prophecy in Ancient Israel and a quick introduction to Isaiah the person(s). Next week we will look at the structure of the Book(s) of Isaiah and begin reading the text.  In the subsequent weeks, this semester I will focus on the texts in Isaiah that we read during the Advent and Christmas seasons.  After the Christmas break, we will continue in Isaiah but focus on the text we associate with Lent and the Paschal Cycle.  Anyone is welcome at these studies and we will have the 50 minute discussion over coffee each Wednesday morning beginning at 8:00 AM.

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