Dearly beloved disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Today, the Church throughout the world celebrates Catechetical Sunday. This year, the Archdiocese of Detroit celebrates with the theme of “Encountering the Risen Christ.” On this special day, catechists are formally commissioned for ministry to our parish community to pass on the Catholic Faith to our families. We also celebrate our parents, grandparents, and guardians by recognizing their important role in teaching the faith. The parish community is encouraged to pray for all catechists who dedicate themselves to the mission of helping those they teach to encounter Jesus and grow in their love for Him.
Jesus modeled the importance of teaching. Much of His public ministry was spent teaching the crowds and His disciples. All of us are called to follow in His footsteps. The Catechism of the Catholic Church emphasizes the importance of passing on our faith to others. “Christ sent forth the apostles He had chosen, commissioning them to proclaim the Gospel: ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.’” (CCC paragraph 2)
I am happy to share with you that we will be preparing both children and adults to come into the Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children and Adults. We will also be preparing several youth for the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation.
The fruit of your prayers and labor as parishioners is becoming evident. Keep your eyes on Jesus and continue to share the Gospel message with as many people as you can. A lot of seeds were planted last Friday night at our Big Tent Revival. I have faith that the Lord will bring more people to this parish to be led into a deeper encounter with Jesus through Sacramental preparation. Following the example of Blessed Solanus Casey, let us give thanks ahead of time for all these new people who will be coming, and let us pray for the grace to be ready to welcome them with love and joy when they arrive.
Finally, let us keep in prayer our catechists, parents, grandparents, and guardians of those who will be receiving sacraments this year. Prayer cards are in the bulletin. Please consider praying these prayers daily.
Your brother in Christ,
Fr. Jim Lowe, CC