Father's Reflections Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Nov 22, 2017
Dear St. Paul Family,
Friday of this week is First Friday and we will have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 8:00am until 4:00pm with Benediction. If you are able, consider spending an hour with the Lord in Eucharistic Adoration this Friday and every First Friday of the month. We will also be offering a First Saturday Mass on Saturday, December 2nd at 8:00am.
Thank you to everyone who brought food to Church at Thanksgiving for the Local food pantries. Your kindness is greatly appreciated by the less fortunate of our area. If you would like to still contribute to the local food pantries, food can be dropped off in the Narthex of Church at any time throughout the year. Let us especially be mindful of those who need our help this Christmas, and throughout the cold winter months.
I often hear from parents how difficult it can be to attend Mass with young children. If a parish is warm and inviting, parents have positive experiences and want to return. If however, the parish is not welcoming, parents often leave for another parish unfortunately, taking not just their family with them, but also other friends and family members. With Advent and Christmas approaching, this is a time when our parish will welcome many families that are not regularly practicing their faith and is a wonderful evangelization opportunity for us. Do your best to welcome all of our families, especially those with young children. If infants and toddlers make a little noise, smile at them and their parents, don’t scowl or yell at them. If we want our parish and our Church to grow, we need to welcome all families and make them feel as comfortable as possible among us as they come to worship the Lord with us at Mass.
Participating in Mass together as a family, while challenging, can be a positive experience for parents and children. Children have the opportunity to spend time in the presence of Jesus and be formed by the community of faith gathered together to worship Him. They are especially privileged to see the example of their parents at Mass, even with the challenges and distractions that may accompany attending Mass with children.
Have a Great Week!