August 28, 2016

 

The Pastor’s Journal…                        

 

Fr. William P. Felix

 

28 August 2016 + Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

          We come to the last weekend of the summer before school begins in our area. Teachers are readying their classrooms and schedules are being prepared for the academic year. I want to thank the parents of our CCD program for coming to the initial meeting held this past Wednesday in Boyd in preparation for our central religious education program.

 

          Over the past years I have often had conversations with parishioners, especially younger parents, about the importance of attending Mass on Sunday. We here at All Saints Parish have a substantial number of our parishioners who continue to attend on a weekly basis, though it certainly isn't what it used to be. Older parishioners get very down about this as they remember full churches. But if you look at the schedules of other Christian churches in our area you will not find a schedule of five "services" on a weekend. I have been watching carefully and I rarely see less than one-hundred people attend any of our Masses.

 

          It has occurred to me, however, that we are losing not only a sense of importance, but the spiritual consequences of generations who no longer find attending Mass on Sunday a priority. I brought this up at our latest Catholic education committee meeting and asked if it would be helpful for me to both write and speak about the importance of weekly participation in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Everyone agreed that this would be a good thing to do.

 

          I have decided to write a series of articles in my bulletin letter on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the awesome mystery of the Holy Eucharist beginning next week. Before I do so, I would like you to ask yourself a few questions: What motivates you to attend Sunday Mass (meaning Saturday-Sunday) each week? What do you suppose is the reason others who have been raised Catholic no longer attend Sunday Mass, except perhaps Christmas and Easter? As I write these articles I would love to have a dialogue with you. You can send your responses to me at my parish email address ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or simply write it down, put it in an envelope, and drop it in the Sunday collection.

 

          As we begin a new year of Catholic formation in our parish I want to thank all of you who continue to be active sharers in our ministry through your time, talent, and treasure. We are doing God's work. May you be blessed for your participation.

 

          Love God, love life!