This weekend we heard the Gospel of the Weeds and the Wheat. It’s a lesson that I think we all struggle with in our world. As much as we want things to be perfect, that’s rarely how it works out. Sometimes we all need to have a little patience and work together. Every single one of us falls short of what God calls us to. We’re all sinners, so what do we do when we’re faced with the messiness of the world? Do we encourage the good to grow in our lives, or do we pull up the wheat along with the weeds?
This week, I’ve got some exciting news. It’s official, by August 1st, our bulletin is going to look very different than it does right now. Our new copier has been ordered and soon we’ll be able to print it in house. The new bulletin will include the readings, hymns, and mass responses each week. I’m also excited as that means we’ll be able to start doing programs for funerals. It’s good as a parish to support those who are grieving for their loved ones, and it’s a blessing to be able to support them. Often, we have folks in Church who haven’t been inside a Church for years, and when we can put something in their hands that allows them to better participate, we show them we value them, and we want to help them to rekindle their faith. That’s part of our mission as Catholics.
As a reminder, if you know anyone who might be interested in either our Director of Religious Education (DRE) or our Maintenance position, please encourage them to send in their resume. I’d love to see us add some energetic and motivated people to our staff here at Prince of Peace. They’re welcome to apply on-line for either position at https://www.dioceseaj.org/employment. Applications are due no later than July 24th.
So with the applications due July 24th, and facing the reality that that will be followed by interviews and a mad rush to get things ready for Religious Ed in the fall, I’m going to be taking a short vacation this week. We’ll have our normal daily mass Monday, and I’ll be back Friday afternoon. We will NOT have daily mass on July 21-24. I’ll say the intentions for those masses privately while on vacation, but rest assured, they will be said.
Once I get back on the 24th, please expect a parent survey in pretty short order on our plans for Religious Education this fall. I’m hesitant to set anything in stone until we have an idea of who our new DRE will be, after all, that person may have some great ideas we haven’t thought of yet. Even so, I will be working to get ideas from our parents on how they would like things to run. I’ve been talking to a few of our teachers, and we’re excited about some of the possibilities. So parents, please keep an eye on your emails after the 24th.
Like everything else in our world right now, it’s probably not going to look like what we’re familiar with and not everyone will be happy with whatever direction we move in, but I’m hoping we can get some things together to work toward sharing the faith with our young people, to make sure we’re focused on cultivating the good seed, and that we do our best not to pull up the wheat with the weeds.
God Bless You, -Fr Matt
Father Matthew Baum is the Parish Administrator at Prince of Peace Church in Northern Cambria, PA.