CATHOLIC EDUCATION AND WEEKEND MASS
What is the success of Catholic Education? As we conclude Catholic Schools
Week today, it’s a good question to ask. The success of Catholic Education comes
down to one word: FAITHFULNESS. One of the best ways for our faith to be
integrated and instilled within our lives is through our presence and participation in
weekend Mass. Our many ways of providing Catholic Education through
St. Brendan School or our Parish School of Religion (PSR) or Keepin’ the Faith or
SPY supports this reality. If these programs are going to be “successful” or even
better, “faith-filled,” then they will support parents and their home life in making
the weekend celebration of Eucharist a priority.
WHY WEEKEND MASS?
The Lord’s Day has been placed on our calendars and in our schedules since the
moment of creation, since the beginning of the world – long before sports practices
were ever scheduled. On the last day of creation, God rested. It was a day in which
God, in a sense, sat back and took in, absorbed, admired, and grew in gratitude for
all that was made. From the beginning that day of creation has been called, “The
Day of the Lord.” It was also on this day of rest, that Jesus, the Son of God, came
forward from his rest in a dark and deadly tomb and brought forth a new creation
called the Resurrection. Since the beginning of creation to the Resurrection of
re-creation, this day has been known as “The Day of the Lord.” It is not “My
Day” – it is God’s Day. So, when Sunday is upon us there should be no surprise as
to what we are called to do.
For our Jewish ancestors they kept the commandment of keeping this day holy.
This has been passed on to us. For centuries, since Apostolic times, Christians
have gathered on Sunday to keep this day holy. In observing this day, they in turn
were kept holy as well. If they persevered in faithfulness, they were preserved in
faithfulness. The same holds true today. If we persevere in faithfulness then we
too will be preserved in faithfulness. Our presence and participation at Eucharist
will help us to persevere and to be preserved in God’s guidance and in God’s way.
So, when Sunday is upon us there should be no surprise as to what we are called to
CATHOLIC EDUCATION AT ST. BRENDAN AND WEEKEND MASS
All of our religious education programs support parents and their home life in
assisting and empowering families in their faithfulness. Children are taught over
and over again the priority of our weekend celebration of the Eucharist. They are
taught that this is the place and time to come and offer, first and foremost, their
thanks to God. In giving God thanks it makes children more aware of having an
attitude of gratitude in all of life. We celebrate at various times throughout the
year the Sacrament of Reconciliation. When children experience the Lord’s mercy
and help in this Sacrament, it makes children all that more able to forgive and
show mercy at other moments in life. When we celebrate Eucharist, which means
listening to God speak to us in Scripture, praying for the needs of one another,
calling and invoking the Spirit, offering praise through hymns and prayers, doing
what Jesus did in remembrance of him (just to name a few) … it makes children
better listeners for God’s voice at every moment of their life, compassionate to the
needs of others, more comfortable to rely on a power greater than themselves, able
to give of themselves through songs and prayer, being able to remember and never
forget someone so great as Jesus in our midst today.
When you choose Catholic Education, you choose to support this in your home life
and so much more. Our presence and participation in the weekend celebration of
the Eucharist is really the only way we will be successful here at St Brendan …
better yet, it’s the only way we will ever remain faithful.
Peace in this Year of Faith,