Years ago, when you presented your child for the Sacrament of Baptism, the priest or deacon asked you a very important question. He said, “You have asked to have your child baptized. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training him (her) in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring him (her) up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor. Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?” You answered the question. “I do.” The parenthood vocation requires great sacrifice as you die to yourself so as to give life to your children. As parents, your primary responsibility is to help form your children on the journey to the Kingdom of God. What an undertaking! That journey means introducing your child to Jesus Christ, who is the Way, Truth and the Life. No one comes to Heavenly Father, except through Jesus. (cf. John 14:6) As parents, the Church teaches that you are the primary educators of your children in the ways of the Catholic Faith. This task cannot be done alone. The Church seeks to assist parents in this role and this is why the parish offers religious education classes for the youngest of children to the oldest of adults. All of us are students being formed in our Catholic Faith. We share the responsibility of helping form our young children in the ways of the faith and to help each one encounter Jesus Christ. Let us keep this intention in our daily prayer. A new academic year is beginning. I am confident that as a parent, you see the importance of the question that was asked of you when your child was baptized. The responsibility of bringing your child up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us requires teaching our children who Christ truly is. Thank you for enrolling your child in our parish religious education classes as St. Joseph Parish. May we work together as parents and teachers to present our children to Jesus Christ!

 

St. Joseph PSR for students grades 7-12- Wednesdays at 7:30 PM


St. Joseph PSR for students attending public elementary schools- Sundays at 9:00 am

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