It is so nice to be back celebrating Mass once again in our beautiful church after not being able to do so for some time. Live streamed Mass is nice in that we are given the opportunity to participate in the Mass. Being unable to receive Holy Communion however is a huge loss. Yet this denial, if we allow it, can actually serve as a blessing; it can provide space for further reflection on what it truly means to be one with Christ as we receive Him in the Eucharist...
The Real and Living Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is at the very heart and soul of who we are as Catholic Christians. It is the Source and Summit of our lives. What we hope for our children (and ourselves) is that over time they will develop a deep and meaningful relationship with Jesus, one that will continue to grow deeper in love throughout their lifetime. Yet, we cannot forget that no loving relationship happens overnight. Time and perseverance, along with a lot of patience and effort are all necessary requirements for any healthy relationship to grow. And so learning about Jesus, although very important in itself, is not enough. Getting to really know Him requires both time in prayer and participation in the Mass and sacraments.
Dear parents, if you haven't already and if you are able, please consider coming back to Mass with your children. When we hold Jesus close in our hearts, we know we can trust in Him. This trust in turn will always bring hope. Not only are we offered the opportunity to experience great joy in this special relationship but it is precisely this hope that will point to the light at the end of the tunnel in times of suffering and hardship, in times of pandemic and social unrest. Our faith will always carry us through no matter what the situation and no matter what the age. And so as Catholic parents folks, it is our job to always encourage this very special relationship. Hope to see you with your children at Mass soon!
Louise Carman, director