Laudetur Jesus Christus!
Gelobt sei Jesus Christus!
Praised be Jesus Christ!
It is always important for us to keep in mind the many gifts and talents that God has given to us. Whether it is the gifts of our families, the gifts of our talents, or the gift of grace. It is important for us to always ensure that we are caring for these gifts as much as possible.
The gift of our spiritual life, received at our baptism, is perhaps the most important gift that has been to give us. On it, we will one day have to make an account of this gift and, hopefully like the good stewards, we are able to make a return to the Lord for the good gifts He has given to us.
It is our responsibility, the priests of the parish, to ensure that we are enabling you in the development of these gifts. We do our best to ensure that we have a reverent and faithful Mass, so that we can properly worship God in this beautiful Church that He has provided to us. We are also trying to make the Sacrament of Penance more available to you. In addition to confessions being offered after each Mass, Monday through Saturday, there is a priest in the confessional before each Sunday Mass. So long as a priest available, it will be a separate priest from the one offering the next Mass so that confession can go until the beginning of Mass. You are welcome to make use of this up to Mass. You are also always welcome to arrange an appointment with any of the priests here, for special cases or where their might be a larger family. I encourage everyone to make use of this great Sacrament.
Fr. Lawrence, Fr. Adrian, and I are also working to ensure that you are well equipped to know your faith. Anyone who desires to know more about the basics of the faith is welcome to attend Fr. Lawrence’s Inquiry classes on Monday evenings. On the first Tuesday of each month, beginning in October, there will be adult catechesis on matters of faith, liturgy, morality, and spirituality. This complements our youth Catechism and Young Adult Oratory groups seek to help bring those in those groups closer to the faith.
Our Lord has given to us the gift of faith, and it is up to us to make sure we develop it as well as we can. My hope is that the priests here are as available to each of you as possible so that we each can be as close to Christ as possible, who alone can help us in making sense of this fallen and often broken world.
Have a Blessed Week ahead!