|Pastors Desk |
A MESSAGE FROM FATHER MONTY - The liturgy for first
Holy Communion last Sunday is noteworthy for several reasons. First, the
children—picture perfect in white shirts, dresses and veils—were well prepared
for the sacrament by their parents as part of our parish’s home-centered Family
Faith Formation. Second, it was the first time ever we had First Communicants at
all three of our Sunday Masses! The liturgy was enhanced by our musicians, choir
and, as always, our well prepared and punctual Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers,
Greeters and Ushers.
On Sunday, April 10, our third graders and their parents
participated in our annual retreat for first Eucharist families. Special thanks
to our catechists: Nadine Cyphert, Teresa Frederick and Jen Glover.
homily last Sunday I asked the kids to remember one word about their First Holy
Communion - PEACE. I defined it like this:
P – Prayer is Primary. Six to 10 minutes a day of contemplative prayer in a
quiet place with no distractions. A Bible, prayer book, a rosary is all you
need. And if you are distracted just tell them, “Come back in five minutes. I’m
E – Eucharist is Essential. That means Mass every Sunday. Yes! As a
A – Action with an Attitude. During the Jubilee Year of Mercy we will
be focusing on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. These “actions” are
deeply rooted in the Scripture and the Tradition of the Church.
C – Charity.
Our “action with an attitude” must be rooted and grounded in love. The same love
that our Lord Jesus Christ showed when he washed the feet of his Apostles in the
Upper Room on the night he was betrayed.
E – Eternal Life. All of our prayer
and every action is directed to Jesus’ greatest promise: “And this is the real
and eternal life: That they know you, the one and only true God, and Jesus
Christ, whom you sent” (John 17:3 – THE MESSAGE)
THE QUESTION OF
THE WEEK –
Key Passage: “I give you a new
commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also
should love one another.” (John 13:34)
Adult: How in your
family and community have you loved one another in the face of abuse or
brokenness? How does prayer to a merciful and compassionate God help you deal
Youth: How do you feel loved by Jesus? How do
you share this love with others?
WHAT KIND OF STEWARD AM I? Jesus asks us to demonstrate our
love for him through our generosity to others. In our everyday lives, he calls
us to share our gifts of time, talent and treasure with others.