My name is Maurina Fleck and my family has been at this Parish for over 12 years. While my husband has been fairly active, I would have to say that I was not that involved. I was never sure about my talents, or even if I had any. And besides, I just never seemed to have enough time or energy to get involved. I was afraid to make a commitment in case it turned out that I couldn't get away from work or some family need or crises would require my attention.
But there was a longing within me that was unmet. I wanted more from my Church life than just coming to mass and leaving an hour later, sometimes having said hello to one or two people and sometimes not. I wanted to belong. I wanted to feel as if I was a part of this community.
To my surprise, when Discovery faith studies started happening in the parish, I was asked to lead one of the groups!! I was a little overwhelmed by it – but still really felt drawn to it.
When our group met for the first night, we were 8 people. Five women and three men. We were all different. Some married, some single, some converts to Catholicism, some cradle Catholics. Some had always attended church but had never really read the bible. Others had periods where they had stopped going to church. Still others were very knowledgeable about their faith and the bible. In other words, we were a mixed bag! And I wondered how this would work?
Well, let me tell you ... it worked! And one of the reasons I think that it worked so well was that the material seemed have something for everyone. It was easy to follow, not overly challenging to understand and yet challenging enough for those who needed more. Week after week we found ourselves saying things like ... "so that's what that means!" or "I never knew that!". And we didn't just learn from the material, we learned from each other’s insights. At the end of Discovery we knew that we wanted to continue. We had become friends. We greeted each other coming and going from the different masses we all attended. If we ended up at the same mass we would sit together. The church seemed to get a little smaller, a little more familiar, a little more comfortable.
In Discovery we weren't just becoming friends though. Although that was good, something even bigger and better was happening. We were growing deeper in our knowledge of God and in our understanding of the riches of our Catholic Faith. In the end, we realized that despite the fact that we were different in many ways, we were all there for the same reason. We were searching. Looking for answers. We wanted more. We wanted to draw nearer to God, to experience His love and His peace. And we wanted to be with other people who were open to looking for these same things.
So, if you are wondering if there is something more, if God has something more for you. The answer is yes! If you have questions about your faith that you are too shy to ask, or perhaps you don't know who to ask. This Faith Study is a safe place to ask those questions. If you think that you are too young or too old to participate, you are not. If you think that you should wait for a better time ... once you are less stressed, or have gotten through the latest challenge (whatever that might be) or for when you feel better or have more energy ... I would encourage you to reconsider. Just come. And come just as you are. Come and check it out. Come and Discover ... as I did ... the 'more' that God has for you.