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Oblate's blog, January 13, 2010: Oblates active in their parish life

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In our little brochure that we have here at Conception Abbey as an introduction to the oblate life, we mention that the oblate should "participate frequently in the sacraments of the Eucharist and Reconciliation. Oblates who are not Roman Catholic should be faithful to their denominational beliefs and practices." I would include with this that an oblate should be active in the parish to which they belong. In other words I see the Oblate of St. Benedict as taking a leading role in the life of the parish. Not that the oblate should try to come across as holier or better than others in the parish but he or she should "participate" in the life of the parish.

Each of you will have to do that of course in your own particular way. A few of the oblates are permanent deacons. They of course are usually given a specific parish and way to be active in their parish life. Other oblates volunteer as lectors at Mass, as communion ministers, as ushers etc.. But, of course the most important way you can be active in the parish is by "participating frequently in the sacraments of the Eucharist and Reconciliation." In other words when you participate in the Eucharist and sing and pray with the community then you are truly oblates.

Some of you I know try to participate in the Eucharist on a daily basis. For others that is not possible because of your work and other duties. What I think is important is that our oblates and others in the parish, know that you are not withdrawing from the parish but rather that your association with Conception Abbey and the oblates is a help for you to live a good Christian life and to take an even more active part in your parish life.