February 27, 2015
Catholics ages 20-45 are welcome to participate in the parish’s Lenten Young Adult Solidarity Supper series. The program they are using is from the international organization Catholic Relief Services, which promotes solidarity with poor and marginalized populations around the world.
The idea came from Aimee Shelide Mayer, who is in charge of leading the young adult ministry at Holy Name. “I’m originally from Nashville, but I’ve spent time away from here doing young adult ministry in Wisconsin and at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. My husband and I just moved back to Nashville and joined Holy Name Parish in November.
“I got involved in leading the young adult program there, and was trying to come up with some sort of program for the season of Lent,” she said. “I talked to representatives from Catholic Relief Services at the SEEK 2015 conference this past January, and they told me about their faith formation resources for Lent. I thought it was a good idea, talked about it to (Holy Name Pastor) Father Edwidge Carré, and he approved.”
The Lenten Guide from Catholic Relief Services includes Scripture readings, prayers to promote solidarity with the world’s most vulnerable people, recipes from nations across the globe, questions for discussion and reflection, and stories of people who have been positively impacted by Catholic Relief Services’ work in their native countries.
Meetings will be held 6-7:30 p.m. March 2, 16 and 30.
There are three main components to each gathering. The first half hour, participants will share dinner. Afterwards, they’ll study and discuss the readings from the previous weekend’s Mass. They’ll also incorporate the stories and activities found in the CRS study guide.
“For the first half hour, we’ll ease into things with dinner and fellowship. And then we’ll have a look at the weekly readings from Mass. I want the Scripture study portion to be a sort of lectio divina, where we listen closely to God’s word and reflect upon a phrase or passage that stands out to us,” Mayer said.
“I’m also hoping to show video clips of the stories from those who have been helped by Catholic Relief Services. It’ll tie in well when we discuss almsgiving,” Mayer said.
She hopes to have a decent-sized turnout at each meeting. “I’m hoping at least 10-15 people show up to these gatherings. I don’t think too many people know about this, so hopefully the word will get out before our first event,” she said.
Mayer hopes that this program will strengthen participants’ solidarity with each other and with the global Catholic community; and that it will help them understand the purpose of Lent in a more profound way.
“Many of the people in our group are new to Nashville, new to Holy Name, and new to Catholicism,” she said. “I hope this series will help them have a greater sense of belonging to the parish and to the Church at large. I also hope that they’ll understand why we get involved in fasting, prayer and almsgiving during Lent. I think it’ll give people a greater awareness of what Lent is all about.”