Greetings for the month of July, 2020! We hope and pray that this month will see
an improvement with social distancing and the virus. May the Lord hear and answer our prayers.
One of the blessings that Pope Francis has brought about is a deep concern and care for catechesis. (Teaching of the Faith). He published a book that was entitled “People Wish to See Jesus: Reflections for those who teach.” You are the primary teacher of your child in the faith.
In March of 2005 in a homily, he reminded us that we are first and foremost, Christians. He cautioned that it is all too easy for us to become immersed in the things of the Church and to lose the gospel’s originality and simplicity.
Let us all remember that we are “first and foremost Christians.” And we recall that Jesus’ signature style was compassion born of empathy- mercy extending from that empathy,
Pope Francis offered us three points to remember:
- To start anew with Christ means to be close to him. Accomplish this by listening and spending time with Jesus.
- Starting anew with Christ happens through encounters with others, while leaving ourselves behind. Go out into the world confident and authentically, living as St. Francis requested: preaching the gospel at all times by our actions, how we live, using words when necessary.
- Uniting ourselves with Christ leaves us unafraid . When we find ourselves distressed or fearful, we can remember that God is truly present with us.
For these beautiful thoughts that the Pope has shared we are most grateful. We pray for him as he continues the mission that Jesus gave to the First Apostles.
As a parent we encourage you to participate in the religious education of your child(ren). This can be done in various ways:
- Family Prayer: Grace before meals, prayer before bedtime, making a visit to the Church.
- Attendance at Mass and Reception of the Sacraments. Mass has opened now for Sunday attendance. The number has increased to about 50% of the church capacity. Mass times: Sat. 5 pm, Sun. 8 am, 10 am and 12 noon.
- Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) Sat. 4 pm before the 5 pm. Mass.
Blessings for all,
Sister Regina Chassar, ssj