Congratulations to the newly confirmed members of our parish! I’d like to congratulate this week, the following members of our parish for making their confirmation this Thursday!
Due to a schedule conflict, Allison Moriconi will make her confirmation very soon along with St. Nicholas in Nicktown. As a parish, let us congratulate all of these young people. Now being made full members of the Church, we want to encourage them to continue to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ, working to also share that relationship with others.
It’s an exciting time to celebrate these Easter Sacraments. In a few weeks, we’ll be celebrating first communion with our 2nd graders. Of course, these things don’t happen on their own, so I’d like to also thank in a special way our DRE Sister Karen and our high school catechists, Tara Pardee and Cheryl Searle for all their hard work preparing these young people. Of course, none of this happens without the support of their parents. So let’s also thank the parents for their support of their children through this process. Over the course of the last year, I’ve had some more interactions with many of the parents of our young people, and while it’s a constant struggle to raise children in the faith, it’s good to see so many parents really looking to take the promise they made at their child’s baptism seriously.
It was recently in the news that the number of people nationwide who belong to a Church has dipped below 50% for the first time in our history. It’s a scary world that these young people are entering. They need our encouragement, our support and our prayers. Please congratulate them when you see them. Please thank them for following through with their confirmation. Please encourage them to continue the practice of their faith, even when it’s difficult. Please support them through their lives as fully confirmed Catholics. Please support too all of our parents, both with your words and with your prayers.
Please also don’t forget this week to stop downstairs to take a look at the wares from the Good Shepherds of Bethlehem. I’m sure there will be some beautiful pieces available.
Father Matthew Baum is the Parish Administrator at Prince of Peace Church in Northern Cambria, PA.