Religious Education has started for this year and this weekend we will both recognize and bless our teachers and their assistants. On behalf of the parish staff I’d like to offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to the teachers for their time and efforts in helping to form and shape our children’s faith formation. The church reminds us that parents are the primary teachers of the faith and the parish is simply supposed to supplement what’s being taught at home.
As we begin this new semester I’d encourage parents and grandparents to make prayer a priority, at home. As Catholics, we sometimes feel inadequate or ill equipped to either lead prayer; the other obstacle is finding time to pray. There are many wonderful resources that can help form a simple prayer experience. I always recommend ritualizing a prayer experience so that it becomes a routine, something that we can look forward to. The ritual can be as simple as praying the following: an Our Father, a Hail Mary and then allow for spontaneous prayer intentions and then close with the Glory Be. I realize that time is precious, that we feel that we may not have enough of it, but we learn that if we put God first He will ensure that we will have an abundance of whatever we might need.
Thanks to the faculty and staff who were able to be present for last week’s Crimson Mass. Please keep the faculty and staff of both NMSU and DACC in your prayers as they continue their great work with the university community.