Archbishop Hebda spoke at Vespers about how young people can serve the Church. What a blessing it will be for ourselves and for the Church if we can find even one new activity or habit that will make us more Christ-focused and Christ-like. These are 5 specific things we can do to serve the Church:
- Zealously participate in parish life
- Keep growing in faith through prayer, study, and conversation
- Discern your vocation; and, having discerned, live it wholeheartedly
- Serve others
- Joyful evangelization
Answering the Call
Here are some ways we can answer the archbishop’s call. Remember, it’s not about doing all of these things–it will be good to pick up even one new habit.
- Read through your parish bulletin, to get an idea of what’s going on in your parish. Find one event that looks interesting or might be a service opportunity, and sign up/attend it.
- Sign up for emails of the daily readings at USCCB and give Lectio Divina a try. By having it come to your email, you have a built-in reminder that it’s something you’ve decided you want to do.
- Consider a discernment retreat. The archdiocese has a website with some opportunities. If you’ve discerned, live it wholeheartedly. If you are married or have children, look for an opportunity to have a family approach to prayer or study, such as coming together for a few minutes of morning or evening prayer.
- Your parish bulletin can be a great source of volunteer opportunities. Or take a look at an organization like Catholic Charities, where finding an opportunity is as easy as completing a short web form. (And they really do get back to you!)
- Think about the sources of joy in your life. Gratitude and joy, even in the midst of challenges, are a powerful witness. Find a way to share something that gives you joy with someone you care about this week.