September 17, 2017 – A View from the Rectory Window

Each year, the Catholic Church in the United States designates the third Sunday in September as “Catechetical Sunday” – a day on which to celebrate and pray for the Church’s mission to teach the Gospel to all people. This year’s theme is “Living as Missionary Disciples.”

Some of my warmest memories these past six years have been spent in our classrooms with our children and catechists. I am grateful to all who are serving and have served the young women and men of our parish family by sharing with them by word and example the wonders and promise of our faith. In a personal way, to every teacher and catechist who has so graciously put up with all my interruptions (you know what I mean) – Thank you.

This catechetical Sunday, I ask you to join me in thanking Mrs. Agnes Bross, Mrs. Mary Wurtz, the faculty of Bishop McHugh Regional Catholic School and all those who have extended themselves as catechists, not only this year, but through the many years to Saint Casimir Church, the Church of the Resurrection and the Parish of Saint Maximilian Kolbe.

To our catechists, one and all, we thank you for responding to a call to share the gift of faith with others, even as you deepen your own faith. While it may appear at first glance that this call may have reached you through a priest, a director of our parish’s religious education program, or through your role as a Catholic school teacher, may you know and be strengthened by the awareness that this calling ultimately comes from God whose Holy Spirit inspires and guides you.

Fr. Pete