Father Brantley Shares Goals
Father Mark Brantley has had a busy July and August as he settles in as Pastor of the Catholic Churches of Barber County, and it doesn't sound like he intends to slow down any time soon. At recent meetings with the pastoral and parish councils, he has shared a few goals for the parishes, particularly in the areas of faith formation and spiritual enrichment.
While he stresses these will be "baby steps" at first, he would like to increase adult education opportunities in all three parishes. Ideally, every Catholic's faith journey is strengthened and deepened in a variety of ways throughout life, and education is one of the most important. Father hopes to use technology, our Formed subscription, and other options to provide adults further opportunities to grow in their faith.
In addition, Father Mark mentioned his plans for regular Eucharistic Adoration when the faithful can gather for a Holy Hour perhaps once a week in each parish. As St. Alphonsus Liguori wrote: “Of all devotions, that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the greatest after the Sacraments, the one dearest to God and the one most helpful to us.”
Father also discussed his intention of offering the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick on some regular schedule in each parish. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, the hoped-for effect is that, if it be God's will, the person be physically healed of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the Sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit's gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age."
If you might be interested in taking advantage of any of these opportunities, please let Father Mark or one of your council representatives know.