Focus on the Eucharist — Lay Ministers fall retreat
October 7-9, the fall retreat for the Association of Commissioned Lay Ministers retreat was held at Sioux Spiritual Center, Howes. It focused on the Year of the Eucharist. Father Brian Lane, Timber Lake, led with “Eucharist in Our Hearts.” Father Lane used the song lyrics from “Sanctuary” by Randy Lynn Scruggs /John W. Thompson. Reflecting on the words, he challenged the lay ministers to address their indifference to God’s grace and become a living billboard for Christ.
Session two was led by Hugh Brechtel using Dr. Tim Gray’s “Biblical Foundations for the Eucharist” video. This session was for anyone who has struggled with explaining why Catholics believe in the “Real Presence” of Christ.
Session three began with Deacon Bill White highlighting Nicholas Black Elk’s “Walking the Good Red Road” video and discussion. The video focused on the life of Nicholas Black Elk and the ongoing process that will hopefully lead to his canonization.
In session four, Dr. Carole Brown, the center’s director, taught how to prepare for the celebration of the Eucharist by using an Ignatian pattern of meditating on the Scriptures.
The last session of the retreat was presented by Jim Kinyon, the executive director of Catholic Social Services. He titled his talk, “Now, become what you have received.” He began by showing several images that had impressed him over the years and laid the groundwork for his ministry through CSS. St. Augustine tells us “Behold what you are, become what you receive.” He encouraged lay ministers to share the love and mercy of Christ with others by preaching beyond the walls of the church.