From October 11, 2012 to November 24, 2013 the Church is celebrating the Year of Faith, which is a “summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world” (Porta Fidei 6).
Starting in January, Blessed John’s will be trying out some areas of outreach:
– Ask a Catholic: Parishioners who wish to share their faith are encouraged to join in! We will go into public centers around Orange County some Saturdays and set up a small booth to answer questions about the Catholic faith with anyone who wishes to ask about and learn about the Church, even discussing the more embarrassing and troubling aspects of church leadership failures, openly and honestly. This will also be a time to pass out information about Bl. John’s, the Ordinariate, and the Church in general with the theme of, “we converted for these compelling reasons and we invite you to consider these reasons too.”
– Theology on Tap: Blessed John’s will have different Catholic speakers present on a theological topic, or read from the Scriptures or the Fathers of the Church, or present a work by another writer on Thursday evenings once a month at the Olde Ship in Santa Ana. This is especially designed for non-Catholics to have a chance to really delve into the meat of Catholicism and wrestle with its claims in a non-threatening environment.
– Service Outreaches: Jebb Johnson will schedule and help lead community service outreaches, such as working in the St. Joseph soup kitchen, helping St. Vincent de Paul with their homeless clothing drives or feedings, or the Knights of Columbus, etc. These events will hopefully be once every two months or so to begin with, until we have more people regularly help.
– Wednesday Education: Also starting in January, Blessed John’s will host a weekly parish potluck dinner, followed by simultaneous adult and children’s classes to better accomodate families. Since most people drive a half-hour or more from all over the Orange County area and beyond, and since we only have space on Sundays at 3:00 pm for Masses, it is difficult to have adult or children’s Sunday School. So instead, we will begin having a parish meal at 6:00 pm in the parish hall of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Santa Ana, and then around 7:15 we’ll have simultaneous adult and children’s classes.
In addition, there will be a new RCIA/Confirmation/Newcomers class (Evangelium) on Wednesday evenings for those wishing to become Catholics by Easter 2013.