A Word From Our Pastor

Today the church is celebrating National Catechetical Sunday throughout our country.  The purpose of this is to acknowledge the importance of the church’s teaching ministry, and to honor those who serve the Christian community as catechists.  In our parish this Sunday, we take time to give thanks to God for our religious education teachers, for our RCIA teacher, and for the parents of our children who are the primary teachers of the faith to their children.  The word “catechetical” sounds like a technical word.  But it comes from the same root word, “catechesis,” which is from a Greek word meaning “to echo, or resound.” Catechesis is the act of resounding or bringing the church’s teachings to the world.  A catechist is one who teaches in the name of the church.  This Sunday we begin our religious education program for the year ahead.  As you must have heard by now, Bishop Libasci is implementing a change in the program, restoring the reception of sacraments to the way it was done in the early church.  This means that our children will be receiving the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion together in the 3rd grade.  When they finish, a youth program of faith formation will be developed for our youngsters to continue on in their faith.  Parents will be strongly encouraged to participate in this new approach, because we believe they are the first and the best of teachers by their example. We believe very strongly in the words of Pope St. John Paul II who named the home the “domestic church.”  While this approach is a change, and we know that change is not easy to accept, I ask you to stay open to allow the Holy Spirit to guide us and lead us in this new approach. To those who are open and trusting of God, the Holy Spirit surprises with new life and new gifts.  Some of the other Dioceses in the country who have switched to this restored order have found it very successful. So during this weekend’s Masses I ask you to pray for all the religion teachers, adult faith formatters and parents that their work of educating their children into the faith will give them many graces. And by the way, don’t forget that because of your baptism, God expects you as a Catholic to teach our children by your good example.  Let us pray that we have a successful year ahead as we begin to plan for this transition.                                              ~ Fr. John


 

 

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