My Dear Friends,
In today’s Gospel passage from St. Matthew (18: 21-35), we learn that we are to forgive others.  Not only do we need to forgive others once or twice, we are to forgive them unlimited times, for we are to imitate God whose mercy and forgiveness are limitless.  This is easier said than done, of course.  Perhaps that is why we never hear politicians and religious figures clamoring to build monuments with the words, “Forgive your enemies” chiseled on them.

Today, Catholic Christians celebrate Catechetical Sunday.  This is a day set aside to honor those who give their time and talents to teach the Catholic Christian Faith to children, youth, and adults.  In many ways, this is a hidden ministry, for most adults who come to church on the weekends don’t see the catechists teaching in classrooms.  In our parish, for example, catechists teach over 300 students while the rest of us are in church celebrating Mass.  Thanks especially go to John Walsh, Amy Preusser, and the catechists in charge of the three RCIA ministries of our parish.  The theme of this year’s Catechetical Sunday is, Living As Missionary Disciples.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

–           Father Bob