Summer is about making memories, rest and relaxation. During the lazy, hazy days of summer we have opportunities to experience tons of memory-making activities.
In the Religious Education Office it is the time for evaluating and planning for the opening of the Religious Education Program. This year we focus on the catechetical theme “Living as Missionary Disciples.” This beautiful theme can be expressed in so many and varied ways. The theme invites all the baptized to devote themselves to a deeper study and practice of prayer for their own spiritual good and for the good of all God’s people.
In the Catechism of the Catholic Church we find an excellent overview of prayer and in the U.S. Catechism for Adults we find several helpful chapters on prayer. The Catechism often refers to what the saints have always said about prayer: St. Therese said, “…prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” St. Francis de Sales said, “every one of us needs half an hour of prayer each day except when we’re busy – then we need an hour.”
As parents, I encourage you to look to Jesus as a model of prayer. As we read in scripture, he frequently interrupts his journey in order to spend long hours alone in prayer to his heavenly Father. In our busy day, we don’t have hours to spend in prayer, but we can find a few moments here and there to turn to the Lord in quiet reflection. We can sit with our eyes closed for a few moments of quiet time, read a chapter of Scripture, pray a formal prayer, in quiet raising our hearts and mind to the Lord.
May we all draw closer to the Lord and to one another through a deeper and more faithful commitment to prayer, in private and with others, in communion with the sacramental life of the Church.
Sincerely in the Lord,
Sister Regina Chassar, ssj
Director of Religious Education
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Class Options: Sunday – Gr. K-8 (8:45-9:55 a.m.) / Tuesday – Gr. K-8 (3:30-4:45 p.m.)
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