Another school year is about to begin. It is important to remember that the start of our Religious Education Program is also about to begin on Sunday, September 9th.
Parents/guardians, it is of the utmost importance that any youth, who is not attending Catholic School, is registered and attends our religious education program. It is only through their active participation in class that they will learn about God’s great love for them, as revealed in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, through the working of the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, our youth will also learn what it means to be a member of the Catholic Church and the Catholic Christian values that we are all called to live by daily. Our youth face many dangers today; many of which, when we were their age, we did not have to deal with. In fact, every week we pray Our Family Prayer and pray that “parents form their children in the faith”. We also ask that our youth “become peace makers of our time.” In order for this to occur, it is necessary that they are provided with the knowledge, the support and the tools required to become today’s peacemakers.
Recall when you brought your child to church to be baptized, the celebrant asked a simple, yet important question. He asked, “You have asked to have your child to be baptized. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training them in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring them up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor. Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?” In response to this question, you said “yes” you would accept the responsibility of training your child in the practice of the faith. Parents/guardians that means besides teaching your child at home about their faith and by setting a good example of what it means to be a member of the Catholic Church, you also must make sure that they are receiving their formal education in the Catholic faith. It is your responsibility to make sure that they are registered for class and attend class regularly.
Our Religious Education Classes will begin after the 8 a.m. Mass at 9:30 a.m. and will end at 11 a.m. By having our classes earlier, it would allow our other youth programs to begin earlier. It also means that, for you and your family, your Sunday activities will be able to take place earlier as well.
Please note that your child still needs to attend Sunday Mass either Saturday at 5 p.m. or on Sunday at 8 a.m. I have continued to notice a number of our children attending class, however they missed the celebration of the Eucharist. Remember the Third Commandment, “Remember to keep holy the Sabbath.” This means everyone is required to attend and celebrate Mass weekly. By allowing our children to miss Mass we are undermining our Catholic teaching and faith. Therefore, please make sure that your children attend Mass as well as their religion classes faithfully.
Please remember, according to the Archdiocesan policy, any High School student who attends Catholic High School must still register and attend their parish religious education program in order to prepare for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Sacrament of Confirmation in the Archdiocese of New Orleans is celebrated in the Junior Year of High School. This means that they must attend our Religious Education program in their Sophomore and Junior Year of High School.
Our Religious Education Forms are available in the rear of the Church, as well as on line. To obtain the registration form on line, just go to our web page, click on the tab organizations and then double click on the tab Religious Education/RCIA. Then just click on Religious Education Form.
Please take the time to register your child/children and return them either to Mrs. Laurie Smith, our Director of Religious Education, Father Weiss or drop them off at the Parish Office.
Let us work together and pray that this will be a good year for our Religious Education Program.
Fr. Peter Weiss, S.S.J.
PRAYER FOR FAMILIES
We bless your name, O Lord,
For sending your own incarnate Son,
To become part of a family,
So that, as he lived its life,
He would experience its worries and its joys.
We ask you Lord,
To protect and watch over this family,
So that in the strength of your grace
It members may enjoy prosperity,
Possess the priceless gift of your peace,
And, as the Church alive in the home,
Bear witness in this world to your glory.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.