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Growing Together

From the Bishop

Roskam (1)This Sunday is Baccalaureate Sunday, when in the midst of the Eucharist we will have a chance to bless and pray for those graduating from St. James’ School as well as those in our congregation who are graduating from other schools, colleges and universities. I hope everyone will turn out to rejoice with these young people as they reach these important markers in their education.

Graduations and the conferring of degrees are indeed milestones at any level. But none of them are endings. They are simply markers on a lifelong journey. While we have breath, we have myriad opportunities to learn every day, if we simply embrace them.

This is especially true for us as Christians who in our baptismal vows promise to continue in “the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in the prayers.” (Acts 2:42)

To that end, we are devoting July to what we are calling “Growing Together”, an invitation for all ages to worship together and to learn from each other, as part of our commitment to life long learning. These events will culminate on July 24th, our patronal Feast, with an instructed Eucharist, the welcome of our interfaith guests, and of course, the parish picnic on the grounds of St. James’ School.

More information will be forthcoming in this column later this month. But for now, let us enjoy the blessings of this important day as we congratulate our graduates and wish them Godspeed in this new phase of their academic life.