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 and youth formation team. 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. This year, the theme will be “Stay with Us.” The US Bishops on their website state, “Clearly mission territory is everywhere, but one particular group that demands our attention today is the “Nones,” the rapidly growing group of people who choose not to affiliate with formal religion. In fact, recent studies have identified this group as the fastest growing religious demographic in America.
Even more concerning for the future, this group is growing most quickly among the young. Pope Francis calls us “to go forth from our own comfort zone in order to reach all the ‘peripheries’ in need of the light of the Gospel” (Evangelii Gaudium, 20). The “Nones” occupy a particularly important segment of the periphery in our day, so we need to go on mission to reach them. With this group already substantial in size, and growing bigger every day, we need a large army of missionary disciples to evangelize them.
For more information about the theme for Catechetical Sunday, please visit, http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/catechesis/catechetical-sunday/index.cfm
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 25th 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.
Finally, I want to thank all those who helped with Fr. Duffy’s farewell. He really appreciated all of the love and care shown to him. I am including some photos from the reception.
God Bless you,