As a father, one of my greatest joys is seeing my two boys grow in their Catholic faith. Just a few weeks ago, my oldest son, JP, received his First Communion. JP has chosen to accept Christ in his life, and I was filled with joy as he was able to receive the Eucharist for the first time. You can see the joy in his eyes for yourself in this picture!
The Office of Evangelization, Catechesis, and Family Life calls forth the gifts of the laity by empowering women and men in their universal call to holiness, Christian maturity, missionary discipleship and service. This is done by providing ongoing formation and support for parish catechetical leaders, parish family life leaders and marriage preparation and enrichment leaders, as well as overseeing lifelong formation.
Faith formation programs at parishes across the Diocese exist because of committed volunteers and donors like you to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Through these programs, the youngest Catholics in our community have the opportunity to learn about the Catholic faith, say “yes” to Christ, and begin their journey for a Christ-centered life.
As we approach Father’s Day this weekend, I would be remiss to not mention our priests. As we celebrate our fathers, I encourage you to say “thank you” to your priests as well. They are our spiritual fathers and guide us throughout our lives… from Baptism to First Communion and beyond. I am so grateful to these men for answering their call and serving our parishes and Diocese.
Please know of my prayers for all of you this Father’s Day. I will be especially praying for those of you who have difficult relationships or are missing your fathers this weekend.
Thank you for your faithfulness, generosity, and service to the Church in North Texas.