Last Letter From Bulletin – September 15, 2019

WORDS OF THANKSLast Saturday’s Parish Taste was a great success with a turnout of more than a thousand people! We thank God for giving us the good weather and for all the good food. I have received many compliments about the Taste. I wish I could take all the credit but I cannot. I just helped selling raffle tickets and mostly stood around talking or helping to set up at the beginning and clean up at the end.

The real credit goes to so many – and I mean – many many of you – the staff, the members of the different organizations and individual families who sponsored the booths, the selfless volunteers who spent long hours preparing and then worked from Friday night till after 11 PM on Saturday itself. If I were to create a list of everyone who, in some way, contributed to this parish function, I would have to double the size of this bulletin. I realize that everyone who gave of themselves to make the day such a success did not do so in order to be thanked. But I would be grossly remiss in my duties as pastor if I did not express my appreciation to you for a job well done. The Taste of St. Mother Guerin Parish was a terrific reflection of our parish spirit. It was a chance to see so many people especially this year, it was great to see staff and parishioners from St. Cyprian helping or joining us and having a good time. To one and to all – THANK YOU!!! May God bless you and reward you for all your good work!!

CLICK HERE to see pictures of the event.

MUSIC DIRECTOR – Music plays an important role in the liturgy. There is no doubt that it has the power to reach deeply into our souls and touch us. St. Augustine said: “He who sings prays twice,” and so music and singing songs of praise is an integral part of the liturgy. We have gifted and talented musicians in our parish. I really appreciate the leadership of Jeanne Schneider with the 4 PM Mass Guitar Choir, Lynette Lilly’s choir at 9 and 11:30 AM, Craig Kamptner’s adult and children’s choirs at 10:30 AM, and Kevin Papuga’s contemporary’s choir at 4:30 PM Mass. We are blessed to have an uplifting variety of music in our parish with the different musicians.

A parish needs a Director of Music Ministry responsible for the effective planning, coordination, and execution of music within the liturgical celebrations of the parish; someone gifted with a vision of how a local Church can develop its potential. Effective September 29, Craig Kamptner will be the new Director of Music Ministry for St. Mother Theodore Guerin Parish. He will continue to play for the 5:30 PM Saturday, the 7:30 and 10:30 AM Sunday Masses at St. Celestine and will play at the 9 AM Mass at St. Cyprian. Lynette will continue to play at the 11:30 AM Mass. I would like to thank Jeanne, Lynette and Kevin for all their hard work, and I appreciate their working with Craig to enrich the liturgical music for our parish.

I also would like to thank Craig for his hard work and willingness to take on this new responsibility as the parish Music Director.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM – This week our parish Religious Education Program began another year of teaching about our Catholic faith. If you haven’t registered your children yet please do so as soon as possible. You can either register your children at St. Cyprian for Tuesday afternoon or evening classes or at St. Celestine for Saturday classes (every other week). My personal thanks to the dedicated service of Mary Morvay, Ruthanne Swiakowski, the catechists and their assistants, who diligently go about making this program as successful as it is. May God bless all seeking to learn more about the faith.

CATECHETICAL SUNDAY – This weekend, we celebrate Catechetical Sunday to honor all who formally serve as catechists in our parish; those who instruct others in our Catholic faith. Let us honor all who serve as:

  • Catholic School Teachers
  • Religious Education Teachers
  • Special Religious Ed Teachers
  • R.C.I.A Team Members
  • Baptism Preparation Couples
  • Adult Faith Formation Members

This is only the formal list, however. If you are a parent, a grandparent, or have the responsibility of rearing a child, teenager, or college–age person then you are a catechist, too. In fact, your role as a catechist is more crucial than the list above because you are the first teachers of your children in the ways of faith. We learn about the importance of faith by watching those closest to us and by seeing the role that the practice of faith plays out in life – if you go to Sunday Mass – if you pray as a family, etc. It is much more difficult for a child to learn something that is not being
reinforced at home.

I remember when I was a teenager my parents always woke me up very early on Sunday morning and told me to go to church even though sometimes I didn’t feel like going. They were good models of faith to us all. I really encourage parents to be a good model of faith for your children. Ask yourself “How am I doing as a teacher of the faith?” or we all should ask ourselves, “How are we doing as a parish? Where do we need some improvements?” invite you to go to Mass every Sunday with your family and pray together because “The family that prays together stays together.” Let us commit ourselves to be more faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ.

May God bless you and bless St. Mother Guerin Parish!

In prayer,
Father Paul Cao
Pastor of St. Mother Theodore Guerin Parish