We need to know Him before we can say “I am a follower of Jesus” or even “I love Jesus.” We cannot truly love that which we do not know. We come to know Him through Scriptures, through the study of our faith, through the sacraments, and through our personal prayer life. Our answer, inspired by the Holy Spirit, will then be the same courageous proclamation and confession of St. Peter: “You are the Christ! The Son of the living God!”
All three parishes begin Religious Education on Wednesday September 19th. It is good to see our youth continuing their formation to be those new faithful disciples of Jesus Christ for today and the future. I thank the parents and families who bring their children.
When a husband and wife accept the responsibility of parenthood, they become partners with God in creation. Parenting includes not only the temporal or physical well-being of a child, but most especially, it calls for the spiritual nurturing of the child. Parents see to it that their child becomes a man or woman of God first and above all else. Everything else we hope our children to be: courageous, hard working, excellent, virtuous, flow from this identity of being first and foremost a child of God.
“Parents must regard their children as children of God and respect them as hu- man persons. Showing themselves obedient to the will of the Father in heaven, they educate their children to fulfill God's law. Catechism of the Catholic Church” (2222).
The very act of parenting, calls the parents to be the primary educators. This concept has been supported and advocated by the Church. "Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children." (CCC # 2223) "They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgive- ness, respect, fidelity and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues." This means that all education begins at home, and that schools, CCD classes, and teams are at the service of the family, not vice versa.
We at St. Paul, St. James, and St. Michael parishes are honored to assist you in the religious education of your children.
Dear students in CCD, I know and understand that after a long day at school and with sports or other obligations, sitting through CCD can be a little difficult, but I encourage you to push yourself to get as much out of the hour with us as you can. It is important for you to know your faith, but most importantly, it is important for you to know Jesus Christ.
Thank you to all catechists, especially Sue LaBudda and Deb Granger for your work as Coordinators of Religious Education. May God reward your service.
God bless you all this week, Father Robert Letona