|Saturday Mass:||5:30 p.m. (Sunday Vigil Mass)|
|Sunday Mass:||7:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m. (Family Mass)
11:00 noon (Latino Mass)
5:30 p.m. (Life-Teen Mass)
|Weekdays Mass:||Monday-Friday - 7:30 a.m. (Summer)|
|Holy Days Mass:||6:00 p.m. (Vigil Mass)
|Confessions:||Saturday 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
|Eucharistic Adoration:||Monday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Praise and Worship starting at 7:00 p.m.
Benediction to follow at 7:55 p.m.
Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church of Corpus Christi is a multiethnic parish that serves more than 3000 families from Ayers, Gollihar, Everhart, and Holly area, as well as numerous families registered in the parish who live outside its boundaries. We are blessed to have you as a member of our vibrant parish community.
Homily In Audio | July 9, 2017
- Created on Sunday, 23 July 2017
- Published on Sunday, 23 July 2017
- Posted by Kiki Garcia
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
May the Peace of the Lord be with you!
A few years ago I attended a “School Pastors Institute” at Notre Dame University. Bishop Joseph P. McFadden, who at the time was the Bishop of Harrisburg, and the Chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education for United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, gave the keynote address. He spoke of the importance of Catholic Schools, but in particular the importance of a Catholic School in the life of a parish community. I bring this to your attention as we will be beginning a new school year on August 7th.
I have a concern about the number of empty desks that we still have in our own school. I would hope that more of you parents would see what sending your child to your parish school would mean in their lives today as well as in the future. Our parish is ready to help make it possible for you to give your child a Catholic School education. I beg you to please have a conversation with our school principal, Lilly Samaniego.
To help you get a better understanding of what a Catholic School education means for your children, I want to share with you the conclusion of Bishop McFadden’s keynote address.
“There is no question that the maintenance of our Catholic schools and the education they provide will be an ongoing challenge in the years ahead. However, I ask that we don’t dismiss too quickly the ability of a parish to maintain a school or of a Diocese to provide Catholic schools. We must also not underestimate the overall benefits that come to a parish from sponsoring a Catholic school. Always keep in mind that this is about children and the formation that is needed to help them develop into the sons and daughters that God has called them to be. The education they receive in a Catholic school is not merely to prepare them for success in this life but much more importantly for success in the Kingdom of God that is coming about. A parish is called to be a community of faith where the Gospel of Jesus is proclaimed, where God is praised and worshipped, where charity is the guiding principle of all that we say and do and where a person experiences true communion of life and love as the Lord intends.
A good Catholic school in a parish is a life giving entity. The energy that young families bring to the community needs to be harnessed and guided. While a Catholic school is focused on children, I suggest that it has a significant role to play in the formation of Christian families and ultimately the family of God. This is an important work of the Church. In the document of the Second Vatican Council entitled the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium) the Council Fathers recognized families as the “domestic Church”. Here individuals first experience love, forgiveness and trust. As one ventures forth from the domestic Church the Catholic school should be the perfect corollary for building on the initial experience. The Catholic school must be a family of families where Christ is encountered on a daily basis and where authentic values are learned and lived leading to the transformation of the individual and ultimately all of society into the people of God.
In truth a good Catholic school should be for the Christian community the lifeblood of the parish. It should be forming children to take their proper place within the Church and family of God. It must not only be focused on the notional information about our God and life but it must also be a formational experience where Jesus is encountered, the individual is transformed and God is glorified in His creation.
In sponsoring the Catholic school a parish needs to make sure that the mission of the school is clear to all. The administrators, the faculty and the staff must understand the importance of their witness in living out their Catholic faith. Those who are engaged in the educational mission must be actively practicing their faith and must themselves be active learners in growing in their own knowledge and understanding of the faith. A commitment to spiritual development and a vibrant prayer life, active participation in the sacramental life of the Church with an abiding love for the Eucharist is essential for ensuring that the school is truly Catholic and fulfilling its potential.
To quote Pope Benedict XVI in a talk he gave to Catholic educators in The United Kingdom “the task of a teacher is not simply to impart information or to provide training in skills intended to deliver some economic benefit to society; education is not and must never be considered as purely utilitarian. It is about forming the human person, equipping him or her to live life to the full- in short it is about imparting wisdom. And true wisdom is inseparable from knowledge of the Creator, for “both we and our words are in His hand as are all understanding and skill in crafts.” (Wis. 7:16) (Address of Holy Father to Teachers and Religious – St. Mary’s University College, Twickenham, Sept. 17, 2010)
On the same trip the Holy Father (Pope Benedict XVI) spoke to young pupils attending Catholic schools in the United Kingdom. The Pope told them that in addressing them he was hopeful that he was addressing some of the future saints of the 21st Century. He went on to tell them that what God wants most for each of them was for them to become holy. He went on to say that God wants the best for them and that is for them to grow in holiness.
In a neighboring Diocese to mine there is a sign in front of its Catholic High school that proclaims it is a school forming future saints. What a marvelous ambition and what a great mission statement for a school. Wouldn’t it be nice if the whole Catholic community had the same view of the reason for supporting Catholic schools?”
Our school, your school, is currently in process of registering students for the 2017-18 school year. Yes, there are still a few empty desks. Remember that a teacher cannot teach an empty desk! Please call the school office or go on line to see if there is a desk waiting for your child.
I love you
SCRIPTURE READINGSfor The 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time:
First Reading: 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12
Psalm: Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-130
Second Reading: Romans 8:28-30
Gospel: Matthew 13:44-52