Pastor's Message - April 22, 2018
“Beloved: See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is." ~1 John 3
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
We congratulate the second half of our St. Rita Confirmation students as they received the Sacrament of Confirmation at Sacred Heart Cathedral with Bishop Matano last Wednesday evening. It was a joy to witness the excitement of our young people and the happiness of attending parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and brothers, sisters and sponsors.
In addition to thanking parents and sponsors for supporting our fine students, I wish to thank Marie Marton, assisted by her husband Tom Marton for their kind dedication in teaching and guiding our students through this two year preparatory Confirmation program.
Last week, all diocesan priests and parish administrators gathered with Bishop Matano for our annual convocation. It was a wonderful opportunity for reflection and we had a host of topics and themes to ponder.
One of those topics was to consider the "domestic church." When we speak of "church" we often only think of the church building or of the general church community. But really our church is comprised of individual "domestic" churches, individual family units that consist of parents, children, grandparents and more. The "domestic church" is the family unit. The health of the family unit directly relates to who we are as the larger church community.
Faith is not something that happens in a vacuum. Children need a lived faith experience that is rooted on the faith commitment and teaching from parents. While the larger church can assist parents in the task of raising Catholic, faith-filled children, it cannot replace the teaching and modeling role of parents. Children need parental love and support in developing their own relationship to faith. They need to be taught how to pray. They need personal stories from parents who can tell them God is real and loves them too. They need experiences of faith and of church and the sacraments. Most importantly, children need you!
In the presence of God, your family is THE domestic church!
May God bless you!