Fr. Kevin C. Fazio

Primary Responsibility

A highly respected teacher and coach once told me that he didn’t really start to learn until he started to teach.

Now that the school year has begun, it is worth taking a moment and reviewing our own responsibilities as parents and teachers of our faith in Jesus Christ.

When you had your children baptized, you renewed your own baptismal promises, and you made new promises to God that you would do everything in your power to raise that child in the ways of the faith.  This is an obligation that we should enter into as primary in our lives, and with great enthusiasm as God’s sons and daughters.

This obligation does not end with sending our children to Catholic school or religious education.  In fact, this is only the beginning. 

Participating in and celebrating the Eucharist each and every Sunday should be of the utmost importance in our lives – what we value the most – in order to help nourish our souls and the souls for whom we are responsible as parents and teachers of the faith. Praying as a family and discussing matters of religion and our Catholicity is an opportunity to not only teach, but to learn as well!

Father Francis X. Seelos wrote to his mom in the fall of 1859:

“Dear Mother, how I want to thank you for instilling into us children a great devotion to Mary; such legacy from parents is worth more than gold or silver.  I hope that all my brothers and sisters have a really great devotion to Mary.  Our departed father especially gave us all such a beautiful example in this regard, even on his death bed, and could not stop placing all his trust in Mary and Joseph, who, next to the Divine Redeemer, must be our chief patrons.”

See you during Harvest Home Weekend!  May the Lord bless us with good weather and with hearts that are open to following his will for us.

Yours in Christ,

 

 

Fr. Kevin