RENEWAL AT THE LOCAL LEVEL

September has been a month of renewal and progress in this parish.

  • Last Sunday our catechists renewed their oath of fidelity and received a blessing for the new year.
  • The Knights of Columbus likewise installed the new officers who took or renewed their promised to carry out their duties faithfully and to the best of their abilities.
  • We have a new Director of Religious Education, three new catechists, and at least two men who are planning on joining are Knights Council soon.
  • Last Wednesday, the Ladies’ Council renewed their meetings for the fall season, with several more women expressing interest in joining.
  • And the Sunday before last, we celebrated our annual parish picnic, which was put together by the Knights and the Ladies’ Council.

With regard to parish groups, during September our new youth group met for its first meetings, celebrating with Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, games, movies, dinners, a Bible study and discussions together.

Our Legion of Mary continues its unified prayers together, put into action with visits to the sick and consecrations of homes with the Pilgrim Virgin statue and related prayers.  And the environment of the church has been improved by the new flooring and enhanced lighting, which was installed in time for a wedding that took place last weekend, and another wedding that will take place next weekend.  With regard to the liturgy, we also have music at all the Masses, and are looking to have cantors for the Sunday morning Masses as well.

When one reads newspapers, watches television, or consults the most popular internet sites, there may be a temptation to become cynical about the way politics, culture and the world at large are going.  However, one should remember that popular culture usually misses about 90 percent of the things that are most important and lasting.  When the early Christians were establishing new churches throughout the Roman Empire, most people viewed them as an annoying side show.

When missionaries such as St. Patrick, St. Boniface, and St. Augustine of Canterbury were establishing the faith in what would become the nations of Europe, very few except the wise realized their importance.  The same was true when half of Africa entered the light of Christianity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  As Jesus made clear in the parable of the mustard seed, the kingdom