..from your Pastor’s Desk:

How quickly the summer has gone by and school is now in session. You might have noticed in a recent bulletin that Religious Education classes are set to begin September 11. And, if you look to the right side of this week’s bulletin you will see we need a few more
volunteers. But that is not what I want to address here.
As we get caught up in the busyness of life, it is good to be reminded of a few things:
– Although it is my honor and duty to be a constant teacher of the faith, and we have volunteer teachers for our Religious Education classes – in actuality Parents, are the first teachers of the faith for our children. As a Catholic you made vows at your wedding to raise your children in the faith, as well as at your children’s Baptism to raise them up knowing, loving and serving God. Parents lay the foundation, so that our children will hold those truths in their hearts, and desire to serve and please God, rather than the world, throughout their lives.
– Children are so able to grasp many of the deep mysteries of our faith because of their purity and innocence. There is never a better time to teach them how to explore the wonderful richness of our Catholic Faith and that God has a great plan for their life. – If we were raised with the idea that catechism class is for preparing to receive Jesus in Holy Communion [1st and 2nd grade] and then not necessary until later when it is time for the Sacrament of  Confirmation [6th and 7th grade], we need to realize that catechism – religious education- is on-going. At each grade level, no matter which sacrament has been received, there are classes to GROW in KNOWLEDGE and UNDERSTANDING of our beautiful FAITH, which Christ Himself gave to us.
As Holy Spirit Catholic Community, we are on this journey together. Let us share our knowledge and gifts and grow in faith together. As of this writing, we officially have more children in our parish than ever before. That is EVER – as in 51 years! So, if you
haven’t already, please sign up your children for catechism this year [See back of this bulletin for more information]. What they learn this year will be seeds planted for their future vocation. That being said, children are not just our future, but, thanks be to God
– they are our present too!

God be with you and those you love,

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