Being community has a lot to do with shared knowledge, shared information. I would like to use the pastor’s corner to share important information with you about what’s going on in our parish, things that you may well not be aware of, and that are important to know. There is no better time than today to share information with you about our Prep catechism program, since today is the day that we “commission” or mandate the teachers in our Prep program. There is much to be proud of, with respect to this important ministry in our parish.
Did you know…
that Prep classes begin this week, and will go right through till May 23rd, 2018;
that at the present time, we already have 246 children and adolescents signed up for the 2017-2018 Prep year, a number certain to rise;
that there are no fewer than 32 teachers and assistants involved in our Prep program;
that the demand for Prep is such that, for several years now, our program has gone double-stream, with a full slate of classes from Grade 1 to Grade 7 offered on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings;
that in addition to the regular Grade 1 to Grade 7 programs, we offer a teen Prep class on Wednesday evenings, and a program of catechesis in preparation for first communion and the sacrament of
reconciliation to all students in Grades 3 to 7 who, for various reasons, haven’t received this catechesis in Grade 2. This program is offered on six consecutive Sundays, from 11:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m., starting on January 28. The group is divided into two: grades 3 to 5, and grades 6 and 7;
that we offer formation to our teachers and assistants on a regular basis;
that we offer catechesis to the parents of the children enrolled in Prep: a total of eight classes, each one offered twice, so as to maximize parents’ ability to participate;
and finally, that we even offer to our teachers, assistants, and parents, all together, an annual retreat, toward the end of the Prep year.
It’s all wonderful, a ministry of which we should be profoundly proud, and for which we should be profoundly grateful to all of those who are involved in it. I take this opportunity to thank them on behalf of us all. I take this opportunity to thank the parents, on behalf of their children, for signing them up for Prep and for bringing them to class, week after week. You are providing your children with a faith-family, a gift most precious. Finally, I take this opportunity to thank Edwin Cruz, our Prep coordinator, for the wonderful job he does at keeping this huge ministry afloat. God bless you Edwin, and all who work closely with you. Finally, I ask all parishioners to say a small prayer for our Prep program – for the kids especially, but also for their parents, and for all of our Prep staff, that the Prep year that opens this week might be “full of grace” for them all.