One of the promises parents and godparents make at the baptism where they respond in the affirmative for their child to accept the responsibility of training him/her in the practice of the faith. It will be our duty to bring her/him up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor. And this is a very big obligation. Do we take it seriously?
This weekend we celebrate Catechetical Sunday recognizing the promise above and blessing of the women and men of all parishes who share their time and talent in helping parents pass on the faith. The focus the Bishops of the United States have given to us is Living as Missionary Disciples which is a call for each and every member of the Catholic Church to carry to good news of Jesus Christ to the world.
Pope Francis reminds us, “To be evangelizers of souls, we need to develop a spiritual taste for being close to people’s lives and to discover that this is itself a source of greater joy. Mission is at once a passion for Jesus and a passion for his people.” (Evangelii Gaudium # 268) To do this work we must be engaged in the ongoing formation of our souls in the growing of faith, hope and love the stewardship of life. Using our time, talent and treasure in sharing the gifts of God’s word with others is life giving. Entrusting our gifts to God’s abundance is a sign of the ongoing joy in service of others.
Thank you to all parish catechists. You are a true blessing from God. And thank you to everyone who supports our parish with your gifts of treasure making our work in proclaiming Jesus Christ possible.
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