Fourth Letter to Parents – By Deacon John Lorenzo

My dear parents,

Mature parents see that their children’s necessities, in growing up, are handled in the best way possible. This parental example helps their children to understand the difference in what is necessary and important in all life circumstances. If any of these requirements of life are compromised, it hurts not only the children but also the entire family.

Spiritually, most children’s lives are short changed in developing a relationship with Jesus Christ. I say this because your children’s Sunday Mass attendance is not good. This weekly faith formation, if not immediately corrected, will not only lead them away from God and His Church, it will cause difficulties later in life.

Being born Catholic is a gift that must be cherished and never denied. Children must be made aware of this God given gift from the time you have them baptized and throughout their early years. What this spiritual teaching does for your children, is to allow Jesus Christ the chance of entering their life, without them being aware of it happening. Your children will discover this relationship as they grow older, if they are given the chance.

Today, most Catholic families do not attend Sunday Mass every week as required by God’s 3rd commandment, to keep holy the Lord’s Day; most believe, it is not a serious sin.

Catechism 2181 states…..The Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice. For this reason, the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor. Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit a grave sin.

Since your children can not get themselves to Church on Sunday, they are not held to this law of God and the Church. However, when they are capable, this law will then apply to them.  At that time, their experience of attending Sunday Mass will probably be the deciding factor as to whether they experience life with Jesus Christ at their side or experience the way of the world, alone, without spiritual guidance. The deciding factor lies in the hands of those who love and care for them the most, their parents.

May God bless all parents and their children. Amen.




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