Pastor's Corner 091612

posted Sep 12, 2012, 7:07 AM by Music Director

For many years now, the Church in the United States has designated the third weekend of September “Catechetical Sunday” to coincide with the beginning of the new school year.   For this reason, we will commission and pray God’s blessing on our catechists who are entrusted with teaching the principles of the Catholic faith to the children of our community, and those who help adults who seek membership in the church through the Sacraments of Christian Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation).  Also commissioned and blessed are those who guide our youth ministry program to help deepen the faith of our young people.  Like our regional school, these programs of instruction in the Catholic faith are a tremendous undertaking that is vital to the mission of every Catholic parish. 

We are so fortunate to have wonderful and highly qualified directors of our parish-based religious education and youth programs:  Mrs. Mary Ann Exler, our Director of Religious Education and Pastoral Associate; Mrs. Roz Edmund, who directs the RCIA process for adults seeing admission to the church; and Mrs. Joann Buccilli and Mrs. Chris Burnite who oversee our Youth Group.  We are also extremely blessed in the many, many volunteer catechists and aides who give of their time, energy and talents to share the Catholic faith with the children and adults entrusted to their care.  Please keep all of these wonderful people in your prayers for successful ministry.  I hope and pray that allthe young people of our parish will take part in the activities of these exciting ministries; but we need their parents to encourage them! 

I am very, very happy about the success of our summer Religious Education program.  Rather than attending classes during the school year, nearly 400 children participated in the program instituted last year where they come for a full week during the summer.  This provides them with more hours of instruction and enables them to participate in more faith experiences than the traditional model allows.  Because of its popularity, we added a second week this summer to accommodate the number of children who enrolled.  And next year, we will be adding a third!  The children responded extremely well to this method, their parents were extremely pleased, and the staff couldn’t be happier with the results!  I’ve never seen so many happy, happy children who actually enjoy learning about and experiencing their faith as I have in summer programs such as this.  Again, this is all due to the tremendous efforts of our volunteer catechists and aides, parents, and, of course, Mary Ann and our wonderful Religious Education Staff. 

I am also looking forward to another year of working with our new Pastoral Council.  All parishioners are invited to attend Council meetings as observers.  Time permitting, the Chairperson can open the floor to direct questions from observers, but generally speaking these meetings follow a set agenda and therefore are not open forums; though occasionally one may be designated such if the need presents itself.  If there is something you wish the Council to discuss, however, kindly bring it to the attention of any Council member who will submit the topic for inclusion on the agenda.

New beginnings can be a scary time, but very exciting as well.  May the Lord bless all of our efforts to fulfill our mission as His Church:  to go out to all the world (at least our little corner of it) and proclaim the Good News! 


In His Love,

Fr. Mike