The Pastor’s Corner

Posted on Aug 16, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Pastors corner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parishioners,

“On the lips of children and of babes you have found perfect praise” (Ps 8).

The Vacation Bible Camp that our parish has just completed (August 7-11) was a great opportunity for the children of the parish family to have fun, sing and dance, and most importantly to deepen their knowledge of God.

First and foremost, a special thanks to one of the best groups of people I’ve ever teamed with. I’m deeply grateful to each volunteer, staff and crew member from our parish and St. Pius Church for being so generous with their time, and talents. Without their dedication, this week of VBC could not have been a success. You are a real blessing!

Each day, we focused on a particular theme. Through a sketch, which was supposed to be funny, the theme of the day is introduced followed by the song of the day. They spent the rest of the day learning what that theme entails through hands-on activities and how to live it out concretely.

The theme of the first day was: “God made you”. They learned that since God does not make mistakes, he wonderfully made us out of love and care. We are His masterpiece.

The theme of the second day focused on the fact that God is on our side in both good and times for “God is for us”. Through different games and activities, the children learned that even if the whole world would come to be against them, they can rest assured that God will always be on their side. Consequently, as long as they cling to God they can “break through any barrier and scale down any wall” (Ps. 18:29), so to speak.

On the third day they learned that “God is always with us”. We may not always be willing to put up with people and vice- versa, but God is never tired of us; he loves and is with us even when we are at our worst. He never lets us down. He is with us even when we cannot see him.

The theme of the fourth day was about the unfailing and unconditional love of God. They learned that in the same way their mothers love them even if they may not be the most talented person in the world, God will always love them, even when they mess up. “If you are unfaithful, I will remain faithful because I cannot deny myself, says the Lord” (2 Tim 2:13). The story of The Prodigal Son illustrates that point well. Not surprisingly, many of them were familiar with this Bible story.

On the fifth and last day, they learned that God did not simply make them; he made them for a purpose. So just as a car, a house, a basketball court, a book each has a purpose, so too each of them is created for a purpose. When asked what they think their general purpose is, they eloquently and satisfyingly answered: “to serve God and others.” They were further asked, how do we serve God and others? They again iterated that we do so by coming to church, praying, reading the Bible, being kind and generous to people etc.

They embraced everything we offered with enthusiasm and eagerness. Though they had no formal Catechism to consult, they showed great ease in answering questions related to the faith. That is a reflection on what their parents, who are the first and best teachers of the faith, are doing at home. Thanks for taking that responsibility seriously; that’s encouraging news. From what I have observed in these children this past week, I have great hope for the future of our parish and the church in the Diocese of Providence.

They are already looking forward to next summer. So am I!

In Christ,

Fr. Joseph Brice