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Walking Our Faith: What Will You Take With You?

In six weeks I’ll publish my final column for the Summit Daily News, then get into my SUV with Bear and Kiki, my two Newfoundlands in the back, and start the long drive to Maine where I’ve rented a hut near the sea from October to May.

Tuesday after morning mass, I met a friend at Clint’s bakery on Main Street. We grabbed our coffees and walked out to sit on a bench by the river. We both talked about our upcoming moves and exchanged thoughts on what Breckenridge will miss most.

She mentioned that she will miss Charlie Brumbaugh, Rector of Saint John the Baptist Episcopal Church, for her heartfelt sermons and the friends she made in St Johns, such kind and kind hearted people.

I worked in St. John for four years as a parish administrator, so I know what she is talking about. St. John is a small church with a big heart and some of my oldest and deepest friendships started there when I joined the prayer shawl knitting group and Tuesday community dinners.

I will smear the close-knit group of friends I join four mornings a week at Sainte-Marie for mass. They enriched my faith with their faithfulness, and they made me laugh with their kindness and great sense of humor. Several priests transferred to Summit County during my seven years at Breckenridge. We are truly blessed with our current Pastor, Fr. Stephen, and our Vicar, Fr. Boguslaw. I appreciate their homilies, which reflect their deep knowledge and love for God.

I started attending weekday Mass regularly at the start of the pandemic when the larger weekend Mass felt uncomfortable. This small effort became a habit that I continued even after the pandemic was over. Weekday Mass has become a natural and enjoyable part of my daily routine, and as a result, my walk with God has become more intimate.

Another spiritual practice that happened during the pandemic was our evening prayer group which met Monday through Friday from 5:15-5:40 p.m. on Zoom and the Rosary group which met Monday at 4:30 p.m.

This group is made up of 15-20 parishioners from St. Mary’s and Our Lady of Peace Catholic Churches in Silverthorne and from there new friendships were born as we members of both churches got to know each other better.

While the end of the pandemic has ended most online church services as people return to face-to-face gatherings, our small group of prayer warriors continue to meet online every night as we are distributed throughout the county.

Summit County is an easy place to make new friends as most of us remember when we were new here. It is not a community of generations of settlers, but of visitors who decide to inhabit this place for a few years or a few decades until circumstances or age force us to leave.

So this morning, as I was thinking about the next six weeks and what I wanted to write before I left, what first came to mind was what I’m going to take with me.

I will take with me the generous spirit of friendship that the people of Summit County give freely to each other. All newcomers are asked is to get involved in the community and there are ways to do this for all possible interests and age groups. Community involvement is what makes Summit County a united, neighborly place.

I will also take the exponential growth of my faith in God. This faith has been nurtured by my participation in our church services and prayer groups and especially by the friendships found in both places and in community service activities as a whole.

The most precious thing I will take with me is to understand that our walk of faith is a journey that has no end, but requires our daily participation with God and our neighbors. By putting this into practice, the love of God will fill our hearts and our community.

I will continue to write and publish a weekly column on the walk of our faith after my move. I hope you will join me there: