The Pastor’s Corner
This Monday, we observe (“celebrate” seems the wrong word) Memorial Day, a day to remember all the men and women who gave their lives in the service of our country. As has been said many times, we can disagree with the decisions and politics of the various wars and police actions in which our country has been involved. But we must honor all those who gave up their lives, their futures, their families to serve our country.
It is only when we see the rows of markers in a military cemetery that we appreciate the number of people who have sacrificed for our nation. In turn, we remember them in prayer, of course. We also are obliged as President Lincoln stated in his second Inaugural address to care for their children and widows.
Maybe our best way to honor our deceased military is to use our freedoms wisely, to take an active part in the political life of our community and nation and to articulate our Catholic values vigorously in the “public square.”
If we do not give expression to our Christian values in public discussions, who will? If we take an active part in the life of our nation, then our deceased military members, whom we honor on this Memorial Day, can truly rest in peace, knowing that they did not die in vain.
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I would like to thank all the teachers and staff members who have taken part in our Religious Education program (CCD) this past year. Our teachers and aides gave a great deal of time from their weekends over these past nine months to hand on the Faith.
Maybe there was a time when the culture carried the Faith with it. That is not so today. Our teachers and aides (all volunteers) generously give of their time in this vital work of teaching the Faith. They are sowing seeds from which, we pray, will come a great harvest. God may give the harvest, but we still need people who will do the sowing. May the Lord bless them for the tremendous work they do in the name of all of us.
If you would like to be part of our Religious Education program (700+ students), please call the Religious Education Office.
In Our Lord
Father Stan Krempa
The wonderful gift of Christ’s very self
The real presence in the Eucharist
Fr. Robert Barron