My Dear Parishioners,
This Sunday is Catechetical Sunday. It is a special recognition of all those who give of their time, effort and skills to see that our parishioners have the opportunity to be properly formed in the faith. This includes all those involved in St. Joseph/ St. Robert School – teachers, principal, administration, staff, and volunteers. We also recognize and thank those involved in faith formation in our CCD program, including our program director and catechists, assistants, staff and volunteers. In addition we are grateful for the members of our RCIA team, youth formation team and Pre-Jordan instructors. They play a crucial role in preparing and instructing our youth and adults to come into the faith, or complete their initiation. We thank them for all they do in handing on the kingdom. Please pray for them and ask God to bless them for the very good work they do.
The 2017 theme for Catechetical Sunday is “Living as Missionary Disciples.” It is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith. The inspiration for this theme comes from Pope Francis’s repeated calls to move our church, parish and ministries from a mindset of maintenance to mission. In His words, “I hope that all communities will devote the necessary effort to advancing along the path of a pastoral and missionary conversion which cannot leave things as they presently are. ‘Mere administration’ can no longer be enough. Throughout the world, let us be ‘permanently in a state of mission.’”
As a reminder, we are all catechists, in that we should join together in passing on the faith. If you know someone who is considering joining the Catholic Faith, or someone who maybe simply needs to be asked, now is the time. We are holding our special Night of Inquiry on Wednesday, September 27th at 7:00 p.m. in classroom 18. Anyone interested in finding out more about the faith is invited to join us. Please call the rectory if interested, 215-672-3020.
This week I met with the parents of students in our CCD program. Of course I reiterated that as parents they are the first and primary teachers of their children in the ways of faith. Our school and religious education programs are only supplemental. The best way to teach the faith is by example. What good does it do to learn all the principles, theology, and teachings of our church, but then fail on putting them into practice? Our children need to see us living, loving, and practicing our faith by coming to Mass and confession regularly.
God Bless you,