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The Chosen:  Parish-Wide Watch Party

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

With the restrictions and constraints of this past season, our parish, like many others, has struggled to maintain a sense of connection and vision.

I feel inspired by the Holy Spirit to simplify our parish programs this fall and bring us together around a common focus, so that even when we are not all together in person we can share communion of heart and mind. In particular, I want to cultivate a deeper relationship with each of you and help you also cultivate that with one another. Most important, I want us all to come closer to Jesus and find our truest identity as his disciples.

Last spring, I was introduced to the series, The Chosen, which is a film representation of Jesus’ life*, shown from the perspective of those who followed him. I found it entertaining, thought-provoking, and inspiring.

I’m inviting the parish to join with me in watching this off-Hollywood TV series, all eight episodes, starting in late September. You can watch episodes at your convenience on YouTube or you can watch with the group on Wednesday nights. (Links and instructions coming soon).  Showtime will be 7pm and then, starting at 8pm I will present a short teaching followed by small group discussion.

We plan to start on Sep. 30, with both in-person and virtual participation options. We can accommodate 20 parishioners in the parish hall each week, which is now set up to also “Zoom In” participants joining remotely.

We will soon publish a general sign-up for the Wednesday on-site event. The page will only show one week at a time. I am asking attendees to sign up for just one session at first; afterwards, if they want to come again, we’ll have them wait until after 5pm on Tuesdays to see if spots are left. In this way, I hope that many different people will be able to  ‘watch one hour’ with me, with other parishioners, and with Jesus

Mark your calendars for the launch date, September 30, and stay tuned for more details!

Fr. Bill

*You can learn more about this series from a Catholic perspective:

“The Chosen: Get Used to Different” by Rachel Butman, Word on Fire

“The Chosen is a New and Promising TV Series on the Life of Christ” by James Merrick, National Catholic Register