Many of you may remember last summer at the Olympics that there was a controversy because a medalist did not put their hand over their heart during our national anthem. Right now there is anger because some athletes do not want to stand during our national anthem. My friends, you can see that symbols are very important; gestures are important, too.
During Mass it is sad to see some people ignoring the gestures of the community. Some do not bother to strike their breast during the penitential rite. Some do not bow during the creed when we say Jesus "became flesh", and most do not genuflect at Christmas and on Good Friday at the appropriate time during the creed. Many people do not bow their heads before receiving holy communion.READ MORE
Last week I wrote about how it is important that our high school and junior high school age children continue to grow in their faith, especially by attending Youth Group. Let me speak now to those of you who send their children to Catholic School.
Yes, they are taught about their faith; they have classes in religion or theology. But that is not enough in today's world. They need help to combat the influences of television and the entertainment industry. Our country is increasingly secular and even hedonistic. Children need help to understand how our faith is different.READ MORE
Our high school and our junior high Youth Groups begin this week. It is my duty to remind all of you parents that at their baptism you made a solemn promise to God that you would bring them up in the practice of the faith. You were also told that you are the primary educators of your children in the faith. In fact, all studies have shown that it is the faith practice of the father that is the most important determinate of a child's future faith practice.
Simply going to church, while that is indeed important, is not enough to help your child with the public schools are promoting secularism and the music and entertainment industry are basically promoting hedonism. Parents, you need to be talking with your children about what they see and hear.READ MORE
On Sunday, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, will canonize Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa, soon to be St. Teresa of Calcutta). I still have great memories of her visit here to Phoenix many years ago. There will be celebrations and events to commemorate her life here in our diocese. You can find when and where on the diocesan website.
Also, next week our adult education program begins and the week after that both our children's religious education classes and our Youth Ministry programs. Please watch the bulletin for details for these very important parts of our parish programs.READ MORE