Fall 2017

Dear Families,

The goal of religious education is for your child to encounter Jesus Christ.  In his apostolic exhortation Catechesi Tradendae (On Catechesis in our Time), St. John Paul II writes: “the definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ: only He can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity.”  Through intimacy with Jesus Christ, we are transformed by God’s love, so that we may fulfill God’s call on each of our lives: “to share in the life of the Holy Trinity” and, by doing so, to become a Saint.  We want nothing less for our children than for each one of them to be a Saint.

In our journey of faith, there is only one Teacher: Jesus Christ.  We are disciples of the same Teacher.  As disciples of Jesus Christ, we seek to share our Teacher’s message through the life we live, for we cannot effectively teach that which we do not live.  You are your child’s primary catechist.  It is from your example that your child learns whether being a disciple of Jesus Christ is one of many priorities or the single aim of our existence.  As the catechists of St. Francis Xavier Parish, we are privileged to support you in this endeavor.  Let us partner together in living our faith.

So what does this look like?  Please commit to praying and reading the Bible every day with your child, attend Mass together every Sunday, and serve together in our community.  We are here to support you each week by deepening your child’s understanding of who God is and what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.

In St. Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus rebukes His disciples for trying to prevent children from seeing Him with these words: “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”  This year, we want to help your child come to Jesus, and we ask that you partner with us in witnessing to the message of our Teacher.

God Bless,

Natasha Virnig

Director of Faith Formation