Once again the signs of the end of Summer and the beginning of Fall surround us; college students have returned to their studies, the elementary, middle and high schools are opening their doors, the football season begins its annual overlap of the baseball season, the day-light hours become noticeably shorter and the green of summer begins to change color.
As we close in on the beginning of the school year, I would like to take the opportunity to remind parents of the responsibility you have of helping your children grow in their faith. In the rite of Baptism parents are instructed that, “you are the first teachers of your children in the ways of the faith, may you be the best of teachers bearing witness to the faith by what you say and do through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.”
The Faith Formation programs for elementary and middle school students and Confirmation preparation sessions will be beginning soon. Registration Forms were mailed out this week to the families who had children registered last year. If your children were not in the Faith Formation programs last year you can find registration forms and Parent Handbooks in the church vestibule. Please register your children as soon as possible by mailing the completed registration form to the church office or by putting it in the Sunday Collection basket at Mass.
Parents, I want to remind you once again of the all-important role you play as the primary educators of your children in the ways of the faith. The lessons your children learn in the classroom need the constant reinforcement that only you can provide at home and by your full participation in the life of your parish church. Praying together with your children at home and regular attendance and participation in the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist and in church activities and ministries is so important to your children’s faith development. If your children see you daily living out the gospel message and striving to grow in your faith, they will truly be nurtured in the ways of the faith.
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God’s blessings and peace,