In the meantime, life goes on. As we are mentally and emotionally preparing ourselves for that big life change, there are still parish activities that demand our time and attention. October is dedicated to the family in the Chilean church. That means that it's time for us to plan "Family Week," which is a series of encounters that we have at the chapel, inviting families to come together for prayer, sharing and learning how to strengthen their own family bonds. It's a week that we personally really enjoy and we don't want to rush through the planning, or throw it together at the last minute. Apart from Family Week, we're also planning a retreat at the end of the month for all of the youth who will be confirmed in November. As much as we like Family Week, we LOVE retreats. Youth retreats revitalize a community unlike anything we've ever experienced. Kids come home from their weekend away ready to dedicate their entire lives to God. When planned with care, and lots of prayer, retreats create an atmosphere ripe for conversion. We have some more things on our plate, but won't get into the details.
We want to finish our time here well. We don't want to slack off, or have an uncaring attitude. That would be really unfair to the people we serve in the community. But, it's getting more and more difficult as we emotionally move out of "missionary mode" and into "real life mode."