Pastor’s Corner

Pastor’s Corner

From The Pastor’s Desk

– Catholic School’s “every” Week –
As Catholic School Week begins, it is important to take a moment to reflect upon the
duty and responsibility we have as families and a Church to educate our children in the Faith. We live our lives really after the Boy Scout motto: be always prepared! We are helping to form smart minds, yes, but more importantly great character and hearts filled with love, kindness, compassion and faith. Listen to this prayer from the Baptism ceremony: “You have asked to have your child baptized. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training him (her) In the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring him (her) up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor. Parents and godparents, on your part, you must make it your constant care to bring them up in the practice of the faith. See that the divine life which God gives them is kept safe from the poison of sin, to grow always stronger in their hearts.”There is really no greater responsibility entrusted to parents and families.
At the conclusion of the baptism ceremony when the Fathers of the baptized are blessed we hear, “with your wives you will be the first teachers of your children in the practice of the faith, may you always be the best of teachers by what you say and do.” In that we are trainers, teachers, coaches, preparing our
children for the greatest joy there will ever be, knowledge and love of Jesus Christ. So that in addition to Church, Faith Formation or Catholic School setting, there is no greater classroom than one’s home…no greater teachers than one’s parents, but as Teachers must go through rigorous training to learn how to teach and what to teach, so must all of us…we would never take our sick child to someone who did not go to Medical school, therefore, it is vital living in a sick world, we graduate with highest
honors from the School of Catholic Faith. Are you familiar with the real-life Movie A League Of
Their Own? During World War II, the country needed something to cheer about not so much as a distraction as an investment of hope, resilience and most of all supportive togetherness, and why not look to America’s greatest past time and sport, Baseball. Though the sell would be hard, women playing instead of men, Dottie Dotsons and Kit Kellers instead of Ted Williams and Joe Dimmagios.
As Coach Dugan explains to one of the players who doesn’t so much like the fact that things are hard: “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard, is what makes it great.”
And what makes Catholic Education great? What people fail to realize, there is no greater learning than learning having to do with God and religion. As a friend once reminded us at a faculty meeting so many years ago and what set the foundation of my Catholic Education and Educating experience, we are not here to compete with Public Education, because we offer something no other school offers, to help students to reach the absolute greatest potential any person can ever achieve, to be a
Saint. As important as it is to get into high school, college, develop a trade…to carve out a successful living for oneself, our primary goal is Heaven. And this requires a Team Effort, your best effort each and every day. As Coach Dugan says to Dot: “you play like you love it”, and you believe like you love it. And when you love something or someone, what great joy it is to share that love with others so the experience of love is magnified in their lives. Ask any Grandparent when they receive from
the arms of their children, their grandchildren to love. But does it not make sense since such love is because of the love of Jesus Christ we would make more of an effort to know this love, to connect to it as our primary power source and introduce and sustain that all powerful love in
the lives of our children? As Jesus insists: “Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. Remain in my love.” A few months back I did a funeral service for a younger gentlemen who was married with two children and prior to his unexpected passing, he had donated his kidney, because he did, he saved someone’s life. A part of him lives on in her…she is able to enjoy life. And being in possession of this love, being filled with it, physically when receiving the Holy Eucharist, Christ is literally in you…and having that love…from the bodies greatest organ the heart, one is able to donate, give, share the greatest source of life and love there is to help improve the quality of people’s lives…children’s lives… their families…and that is Christ’s love. Organs enable the body to function properly if they are healthy, just as in Baseball every position is crucial, not just Pitcher and Catcher, you can be the greatest battery
on the planet but if you have no infield or outfield to chase down those balls…you will lose.
As the opening song of the movie insists: “Now and forever you are a part of me”, now and forever you are not only a part of your children’s lives, but all lives that involve Team Assumption Team Christ the extended family of Faith. Everybody on Team Assumption has a position to fill in
and outside the classroom that will contribute to the success of not only a great school year, but helping to form great kids…helping to form Saints. Prior to the Sisters splitting up in the movie, Dot says to
Kit: “play great.” To all of you…teach great…pray great…support great…
learn great…believe great…hope great…and most of all
love greatest…