From The Hand of Fr. Aaron Ferris…For May 6, 2018

Last weekend we celebrated First Holy Communion at St. Mary and this weekend we will be celebrating First Holy Communion at St. Anthony. These are wonderful celebrations in the life of our community. Our young ones are taking a huge step in their relationship with Christ and His Church. They are receiving the first of many intimate encounters with the Lord in the Eucharist.

These wonderful celebrations often remind us of our own First Communions and our many encounters with the Lord in the Eucharist over the years. It should also bring something else to mind. On the day of a child’s Baptism, the parents promise to raise the child in the faith, and the godparents promise to assist the parents in this solemn duty. This is no light promise.

This promise is reiterated later in the Baptismal ceremony in several ways. One is the bestowal of the white baptismal garment. The child has been made pure by the outpouring of Christ’s blood, and it is the duty of the parents and godparents to help the child live that new life in purity and holiness. Then, when the baptismal candle is lit from the Easter Candle, the parents and godparents are reminded that the new light of Christ that has filled their child has been entrusted to them to be kept burning brightly.

Bringing your little ones to the Sacraments is a vital part of this responsibility. However, it is good to reflect on how well that responsibility is being lived out in your day to day life. I have often heard parents assume that because they brought their children to Mass, to religious education, or had them enrolled in a Catholic school, they have fulfilled the responsibility. That is not the case.

The responsibility lies on the shoulders of the parents and godparents who made the commitment. Father’s great homilies are a help; the religious education and sacramental preparation that happens at a parish are a help; Catholic schools are a help. They assist you in the vital work of raising your children in the practice of the faith so that they can live the new life of Christ that has been implanted in them.

The great moments of celebration, such as First Communions, are an opportunity for us to reflect on how we have lived out the commitments we have taken on ourselves, and to recommit ourselves to the task of assisting one another in our growth in faith and holiness.

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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