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I will continue to encourage our brothers and sisters to
grow through daily Mass.
is one answer through a powerful quote: “The Eucharist
is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life’”.(This quote comes from a huge document—the
Dogmatic Constitution on the Church from the Second Vatican Council.If you would like to study this deeper,
check out “Lumen gentium” paragraph #11 or through our Catechism of the
Catholic Church at #1324).
St. Teresa of Calcutta—one of the most
powerful woman who served the poor, the dying, the lonely and the
homeless.Her day always began with daily Mass.
Pope Francis, the shepherd for our
family, leads Mass every day.
believe that our parishes, our school, our diocese, the poor and the sick will
grow if many more make it to both the weekend and daily Masses.
may ask, “How much time does the daily Mass take?”The simple answer is 30-40 minutes.This would be quicker than watching a
television program, visit friends for breakfast, read the paper or serve our
own time and talent.
daily Mass may be challenging for some who cannot make it, many more of our
brothers and sisters could make
it!In a special way, those who
are retired, parents who drop their kids to the school, those who are members
through the Knights of Columbus or Catholic Daughters, volunteers in our
churches (the Tabernacle, Worship Committee, Evangelization Group, Faith
Formation, etc.) or community would grow through daily Mass.
best part of my day is both daily and weekend Masses—even on my day off.
Eucharist as our source and summit will only support our missions to follow
A couple of weeks ago I spoke during my homily about how we work
together. During this article, I would like to offer another relationship
in our family: our school and our parishes. Our parishes and our school are on
the same team.
I believe that our parishioners, employees and volunteers must first
serve Jesus Christ. Second, we can always use our time, talent and
treasure for how God has called us to different missions. Finally,
evangelization (sharing the Good News of Christ) can meld our brothers and
sisters to grow deeper in faith. And yes, this supports both our parishes
and our school.
So here are some stunning events that I have seen or heard from many
families in our diocese.
I know that many parishioners have decided to register their
students into the Catholic school throughout our diocese. (Quick tangent…it
is the parents’ job to discern where their children should learn whether in a
Catholic school, public school, or home school).
On the other hand, I know many parents in our diocese seek a “different”
type of education and registered their child(ren) for academics. It is
powerful to watch our Catholic/Christian schools not just to show academics but
to serve, teach and show God’s love, mercy and compassion day to day.
I have witnessed several families who began to register their child
into a Catholic school, and then saw the opened door to Jesus Christ.
Over and over I have watched these child(ren) to support and encourage their
parents and family to show our savior!
As we continue to serve God, pray and discern how to support both
our parishes and our school. Doing so, we can serve many people in our
community to receive God’s love and relationship.