Mission Column Setember 16, 2020
“Lord, I put my faith in you.” (John 9:38)
As the school year 2020-2021 begins, we are reminded of the awesome responsibility of religious educators to share the Good News of Jesus love for each of their students. Mindful of the Scripture words, “Lord, I put my faith in you.” (John 9:38) please remember it is Christ who has chosen you to teach Catholic truths and values. Call upon him frequently in prayer. Likewise, parents as the first teachers of the children receive guidance when they call the Lord in their own prayer or maybe try,” Lord, I put my faith in you.”
As we begin this new school year, we must be grateful for teachers and students throughout the Ogdensburg Diocese who have supported the Missionary Childhood Association with prayer and sacrifices to help students in developing countries receive the basic needs of life. Though we may not know the names of the children able to receive food, water, or pencils for school, we know they are grateful. Know this though, that the Mission lands will always have a need for more, and we are called by our baptism to be missionaries. We are called upon to hear their cry for help.
The Missionary Childhood Association (HCA) focuses on “children helping children” throughout the world. As we say out loud, “Lord, I put my faith in you.” (John 9:38) we are saying that we know everything is going to be alright. As our school years opens and gets underway, we ask our educators of both the Catholic Schools and religious education programs to have faith. The MCA program will be rolled out this school year in a format that is currently being finalized. Resources and information will be made available through the mission office and its website. Please go to the MCA link at https://www.rcdony.org/mission-office.html.
Let us pray for each other in our missionary efforts. The missionary work of the church depends on each one of us, even our kids. We are called to be missionaries. Let us have faith.
Please remember “The Society for the Propagation of the Faith” when writing or changing your Will.