Dear Faith Family,
I want to thank you for all the support during these difficult times. As you may know, along with our Vigil and Sunday night liturgies, we have been celebrating both First Communion and Confirmation liturgies outside in the courtyard throughout the week. Although the process of planning these brought a lot of anxiety, we have learned that the reward outweighs the difficulties we had to endure.
Obviously, when it comes to Confirmation, we are used to one large liturgy with a bishop celebrating. These outdoor liturgies, although different, have been beautiful in their own special way. While celebrating with all the candidates and their families during the outdoor Mass, this Mass somehow has had a sense of intimacy that is so different than the traditional way we have done it in the past.
I had no idea how bright the glimpse of heaven would be when we started envisioning the outdoor Masses. It is indeed vibrant.
I just wanted to take an opportunity in this letter to thank all those involved in the Confirmation process. Our leaders have been so patient and adaptable during this confusing time. Zoom meetings are difficult, but our leaders pulled through! I am constantly amazed by the servant leadership that our leaders adopt and practice.
I want to thank all of the families for their patience during this process. It would’ve been so easy to lose faith in church programs while everything is up in the air, but it is because of your domestic church that we are able to celebrate these beautiful Sacraments. As you know, church programs are the secondary source of catechesis, the domestic church is the primary source. I am so grateful that you take your faith so seriously within your homes.
Lastly, I want to thank all of the Confirmation Candidates and the recently confirmed. Your patience has absolutely brought our program hope in these scary times. Not just hope that our program can withstand any disaster, but it gives us hope in the parish that our Church is in good hands. I know it’s cliché and you may have heard it many times, but you are not the future of the Church, but you are the Church. Without you, our Church wouldn’t be so vibrant and full of hope. I can honestly say that you are wonderful examples of the faith and that I look up to you all.