Don’t Loose God In The Shuffle
We recently celebrated Labor Day. Even though some of our children have been in school four full weeks already, this holiday marks the traditional end of summer vacation and the return to the routine of the academic year.
For many of us, this routine means an endless merry-go-round of homework, school events, extracurricular events, practices, games, you name it. Even those without young children who are grandparents, aunts or uncles manage to keep busy attending many events.
Amid all this activity, it’s easy to relegate faith activities – personal prayer, even – to second-class status, or to see them as just more items on our daily to-do list.
Don’t get me wrong, extra-curricular activities are tremendously important to a young person’s education. It’s also vital that parents and other family members attend performances and games to show support for their children.
What I’m saying is, don’t let your faith and your relationship with God and the faith community get lost in the shuffle. Find time – make time – for personal prayer each day, for Mass on the weekend, for other faith activities for your family.
At OLPS we strive to provide a variety of activities in which you and your family or friends can participate. There are too many to list here, but you can find them in the weekly church bulletin or online at our church web site, www.olpschurch.org. We have begun our weekly parish suppers again for the fall on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 6:30 P.M. in the Divine Providence Center, where you can enjoy and nutritious and delicious meal for just $5.00 per plate.
Another activity which has proven to be very popular is our monthly Adult Faith Formation series, which meets on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 P.M. in the DPC. A speaker, live or on DVD, gives a presentation each month on some aspect of church doctrine or tradition to help us learn more about the riches of our Catholic faith and heritage.
Our parish and school offer many activities at which you can be fed spiritually. But of course, we also have many opportunities where you may volunteer to serve others. Virtually all of our ministries and programs are in need of more volunteers. If you’re not sure what we offer or where you can fit it, talk with one of our staff members or call the church office and we will be happy to visit with you about volunteer opportunities. You will receive more than you give, I can assure you.
So, our school year routine has begun in earnest. You may think that you really don’t have much time to pray, don’t have time to be involved in your faith, and you certainly don’t have time to volunteer at OLPS Church or School. That may be true, but I encourage you to take these thoughts to the Lord before you put them to rest. When we are doing what Jesus wants us to do, we find whatever time we need.
As the old saying goes, “If you’re too busy to pray, you’re too busy.”