by Dick Heilman

Teach your children well … Those of you old enough to remember Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young are probably already singing this famous tune in your head right now!  For those of you not fortunate enough to know this song, you can click on the video above.

Teaching your Children was the topic of our Men’s Fellowship meeting on Oct. 23. Many of us are concerned that young people — whether our own children or not — are not holding onto their faith, especially as they leave home and are no longer hearing Mom’s and Dad’s voices encouraging them to get up and go to Mass!  

The Catechism (2226) tells us that “Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God.”  Indeed an awesome responsibility.  Very few of us are theological scholars, but our discussion led us to some things we can do to help fulfill our mission. 

First, from an early age, get the family involved in the life of the church. Do more than just fulfilling the obligation of weekly Mass.  Show your children (of all ages) that the church is a community of believers centered on Christ and doing good works as thanks to God for His goodness.

Secondly, help them find answers to life’s deepest questions through the teachings of the Holy Catholic Church.  Those questions get harder as they grow, but hopefully we get wiser too! 

Last, but perhaps most importantly, teach them to pray — pray with them and for them.  It is in prayer that they will develop their relationship with Jesus and to paraphrase a line from that CSN&Y song, … “and they’ll know He loves them.”

Our next meeting will be on Monday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. The Signpost topic for the meeting will be: Busy, Busy, Busy – Doing vs. Being. It will draw from the following readings:  Matthew 6:33-34, Thessalonians 5:16-18, Catechism 2697-2699. 

As always, remember that our time parallels CCD, so if you are dropping a student off, why not spend the hour in Men’s Fellowship?  After our meeting, we often head to Cenci’s to continue our fellowship over a drink.  All are welcome!