Letter from the pastor
My dear friends in Christ,
The dawning of another school year is upon us with less than two weeks remaining of summer. I know all our children are finding it extremely difficult to contain their excitement of this news. Even more so I know that our parents deem this to be a wonderful time of the year, a time when they are heard shouting out “alleluia” because their children will have a structured schedule again. At the same time, their children do show some enthusiasm because these summer months have been filled with either too much or too little which has given way to a type of exhaustion or boredom in their lives.
Teachers take one last deep breath before plunging into the dark abyss of another school year, a year in which they have convinced themselves will be different than the year before and that all their students will be little angels. To help lift the spirits of our teachers, I find it fitting to remind you of the words of St. John Chrysostom, “What is nobler than to rule minds or to mold the character of the young? I consider that he who knows how to form the youthful mind is truly greater than all painters, sculptors, and all others of that sort.”
With the beginning of another school year, we also have the start of another year of our CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) Religious Education Program. Classes will begin the weekend of August 16/17. Registration begins this weekend and will continue through the first two weekends of August.
Regarding preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation, this takes place for all those children in 9th-12th grade (14-18 years old). Your child must attend our parish’s EDGE or LifeTeen Youth Group for one full year before reception of Confirmation. In addition to attending our youth group program, those preparing for Confirmation will be required to attend all confirmation classes which will take place within the LifeTeen youth group nights.
Now before this reminder of another school year overwhelms us, let us call upon the help of God that He will bless all our efforts, studies and most importantly bless our teachers who teach and instruct us. We might even make this prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola, whose feast day is July 31st, our own during this coming academic year: “Lord, teach me to be generous. Teach me to serve You as You deserve; to give, and not to count the cost; to fight, and not to heed the wounds; to toil, and not to seek for rest; to labor, and to ask for no reward, except that of knowing I am doing Your will. Amen”
Pax et bonum,
Fr. Justin R. Ferguson