My Dear Parishioners,
It is hard to believe that we will mark the 17th anniversary of the terror attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. this week. I recently had the opportunity to visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York, and it was a truly moving experience that I would recommend. While it is hard to visit the site because it brings up a lot of emotion, there was something about being present at ground zero, and seeing the void symbolized by the two large memorial pools that I will never forget. I also recommend seeing the museum by guided tour because it really helped me to remember all that happened and to understand the exhibits. We pray for all those who lost their lives, and all the survivors and their families whose lives were forever changed.
This week I met with the teachers and catechists who will be volunteering for our CCD classes this year. I am most appreciative and grateful for all their help and support. These are very generous people who volunteer their time, usually after a full day working. Next weekend we honor them and all who teach in Catholic Education whether they help out at Saint Joseph/St. Robert School, CCD, RCIA or other Education programs such as High School or College. Please help us thank and honor them at the Masses next week. On Tuesday of this week I will meet with the parents of our CCD students. The students will start CCD classes the following week. We look forward to seeing them.
We are preparing to offer the RCIA or Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults once again this year. This is the special program where those who are interested in becoming Catholic, whether they have never been baptized or were raised in another faith, can learn more about our faith and receive the sacraments to become a Catholic. There will be more information coming, but if you know someone interested, please have them contact the rectory about attending our Night of Inquiry on Wednesday, September 26th at 7:00 p.m. in classroom 18. No commitment is necessary; it is just to find out what is involved. Also we are in real need of adults who are interested in our faith and willing to become members of our Team. Last year we revised our process and it seemed to work fairly well. The lessons are taught by DVD, but we need adults who can facilitate and lead a dialogue about the faith. You don’t need to be a professional speaker or teacher, but just someone who is in love with our faith and willing to share that with others. Many times, the leaders tell me that they receive just as much from the work as the candidates and catechumens. Please contact me if interested.
God Bless You! Fr. Bordonaro