Religious Education


S. Cecilia Cyford, SSJ
Director of
Religious Education

Jeff Ment
Religious Ed. Assistant





Mass with family

Importance of Mass Attendance
and Practice of Faith at Home

"They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life,
to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers."  Acts 2:42


Dear Parents and Guardians,


There are several times throughout each year that bring thoughts of starting anew and call us to a time of spiritual growth — for example, when preparing for the seasons of Lent and Advent, or when a new school year is approaching.


Times such as these call me to reflect and share some concerns that I have — concerns that a number of our catechists have also shared with me, both recently and in past years.


We share your desire for your children to grow fully into the person God calls each one to be. One of the greatest gifts we can give them is to pass on the gift of faith and help them know our Lord Jesus better and so live a life of faith.

Mass with family


The celebration of Mass and receiving Eucharist is talked about often in our classes. Many children share with us about coming to Mass with their families, and they tell us what they understand or need to understand better. However, there are many who say that they often or never go to Mass. They explain how important games and practices are or sleeping late, etc. Basically, Saturday evenings, Sunday mornings, or Sunday afternoons are always times for other things. We hear this in a variety of grades; even some who are preparing for First Eucharist share that they've never been to Mass.


I mention this now not as a judgment, but hopefully to touch a spot in the heart and mind of anyone who hasn't been attending Mass. We live in a world bombarding us with so many "things" to do and choices to make, and it is so easy to get caught up in other things. Our Mass and Eucharist are invitations to draw closer to God and to come to be strengthened to live as followers of Jesus. God shares our joys and sorrows, walking always with us. It's of utmost importance to help the children grow in faith by the example they see in their families, and there is no greater gift we can give to them.


If you already share the Mass with your children, please continue to grow in your faith together.


If your family isn't participating in Mass weekly, please reflect upon what changes can be made so that your children may share the marvelous gift of Eucharist! I understand that not all of you may be Catholic, but your children are enriched in whatever ways you show them to celebrate and live your faith.


Many blessings as we receive God's graces to live our faith.


Sister Cecilia Cyford