We begin our new school year with a renewed sense of enthusiasm. One very obvious cause is our new school porch. This project fulfills a dream and pledges us to a common effort for the future of Holy Family School and Parish.
I cannot begin to name the many people who have worked and sacrificed to make our new porch a reality. The list stretches back to the years before I became pastor. At the same time it includes many who are newly arrived at Holy Family. And, as you know, our new porch became a reality not just because of the commitment of parishioners, but of those outside of Holy Family who have helped us with their encouragement and financial support. For me it is a great source of encouragement to see those in the broader community who have rallied to our cause. The main reason, for sure, is that they see our children and recognize they represent such a great hope for the future.
Holy Family School exists to help you as parents to fulfill your obligation in the education of your child. Choosing Holy Family does represent a sacrifice. Even though we strive to be “cost effective” still the financial requirements of our parish school are great. This year we are asking each family to do their part, not only in terms of tuition, but in general parish support. A major part of our operating budget goes to maintain Holy Family School. The parish has made certain sacrifices in terms of staff in order to keep our school going. This year we hope to recoup some of what we lost, but we need the support of every school family.
You have enrolled your child in our Parish school not to just to get a solid basic education but because you know we have a destiny much greater than worldly success. Jesus stated very clearly that the one thing which matters is the salvation of ones soul. I encourage you as parents to fulfill your responsibility to bring your family to Sunday Mass. The most basic obligation any of us have is to worship our Creator and Redeemer in the Holy Sacrifice of the Eucharist. At the same time I want you to know we have expanded the opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession). Every First Thursday (from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.) there will be a priest available for that beautiful sacrament of forgiveness and healing. Also there are confessions every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. We have Reconciliation for our children twice a year (during Advent and Lent) but what matters most is that parents set an example in the practice of the faith. As Jesus said, “Do not be afraid.”
I know that sometimes parents can feel overwhelmed with their task and with all the problems of life. At Holy Family we want to support you in whatever way we can. At the same time we ask your support for our parish and its mission into the new millennium.
May God bless you,
Fr. Phil Bloom