Monday, April 1, 2013

Father George Szal:‘The Way’ Offers Many Catholics a Way Back to the Faith

As people filed into the lower hall of Immaculate Conception Church (IC) on Monday night, there was a great deal of excitement, conversation and sharing with one another.
People were genuinely happy to see one another.

They were also excited to begin the fifth-week of their eight-week class on the Neocatechumenal Way – also known simply as The Way – that was taking place at IC.
For many, it appeared that they had found peace after a long period of torment.

Some were still trying to find that peace, but the picture was getting clearer.
Children as young as 11 and adults as old as 60 were there listening intently to the presenters – also known as catechists – intent on learning something new about God. Those who only spoke Spanish shared space with native English speakers in what appeared to be a harmonious community atmosphere.

In fact, it was a community – one that is being built at IC on the idea of evangelization, returning those to the church that have left over the last several years and finding new people who are seeking faith. In addition to learning about scripture, the class gets together and they also conclude the process at a unity-building weekend retreat.

March 28, 2013
By Seth Daniel