……from your Pastor’s Desk
Children are our future, and the present too!
How quickly the summer has gone by and schools are now back in session. You might have noticed in a recent bulletin that Religious Education classes are set to begin the week of September 15th. And, if you look on the next page 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:
– Parents, are the first teachers of the faith for our children. They [you] need to lay the foundation, (and fulfill the marital vows to raise our children in the faith, as well as the baptismal promises we made for our children to raise them up knowing, loving and serving God) 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 that child’s 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 a 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 55 years! So, if you haven’t already, please sign up your children for catechism this year [See back of this week’s 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,