Letter from Pastor and Coordinator

Dear Parents:

Right after your children were baptized the priest offered this prayer for you as fathers and mothers: God is the giver of all life human and divine.May he bless the fathers of these children. With their wives they will be the first teachers of their children in the ways of faith.May they also be the best teachers bearing witness to the faith by what they say and do, in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Parents are considered the child’s first catechist; the parish catechist supplements what the child learns at home.Some of this learning is formal (as in teaching your child prayers or ideas); some of this learning is informal, as your child watches you and learns morality and develops a Christian conscience.

Catechism for our youth is considered one element in lifelong faith formation.In other words, our growth in understanding our faith may begin in a religious education program when we are young, but continues in our adulthood.In addition to instructing your children in Christian truth we welcome the opportunity to assist you in fulfilling your obligation to help you teach your children to walk in ways of faith.This can only be done when each family places Jesus Christ and His teachings at the center of their lives through Sunday worship, family prayer and daily living of the Christian message.

We ask you to consider especially your attendance, at Sunday mass; regular attendance as a family is a beautiful expression of the lived Christian life.

We look forward to a fruitful relationship and genuine cooperation with you in communicating Catholic Christian values to your children.We need to pray together, talk together and plan together.In that way we can draw fully from sacred scripture and church teaching; we will work to support each other in instilling them in our children who need these values so much in today’s world. May God bless us in the work of Christian Education which we carry on in His name

Msgr. John Paddack, Pastor
Beth Passaro, Coordinator