Message from Father Jason Stone
September 21, 2014
Mon. thru Fri.: 8:00 am
Saturday: 4:30 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am & 10:30 am
Wed.: Communion Service
All at 8:30 am
Saturday: 3:30 pm
First Monday of each month (or the 2nd Monday when there is a holiday) from 9 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 2:00 pm. Baptismal preparation required. Baptismal prep takes place on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm.
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This weekend the Church celebrates all of her members who dedicate themselves to the passing on of the faith as catechists. Whether they are professional teachers or volunteers, their dedication and skill are invaluable in the life of the Church. Each of us owes some aspect of our faith to someone else who taught us about the Gospel.
Many Catholics have used the word "catechism" for years, and they know it has something to do with the compendium of the Church's teachings. The root word, "catechesis," is from a Greek word meaning "to echo, or resound." Catechesis is the act of resounding or bringing the Church's teachings to the world. A catechist is one who teaches in the name of the Church.
Many of us first heard the echo of the good news of the Gospel from our parents. Parents have just as much of a responsibility to echo the teachings of the faith to their children as do our dedicated Catechists. I have heard too many times the lament of the Catechist: “We can only do so much. If the teaching does not continue in the family, then our efforts often seem lost.” Catechists cannot be the only person from whom your child hears about the faith. Faith cannot be taught, learned, or put into practice in a one hour class a week.
Let us pray this weekend for all who are called to echo the good news to future generations, in the classroom and in the family. The current generation of children will need the formation to be strong in their faith and tools to defend their beliefs against a culture that will challenge their faith.
May God bless all those who teach, those who take part in that grand echoing of the faith that has been resounding through the ages since that day the empty tomb was found.
Mary Queen of Heaven
Father Jason Stone - Pastor
Parish Office Phone: 630-279-5700
Religious Education Phone: 630-832-8962
Preschool Phone: 630-833-9500
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Elmhurst IL 60126