Maria Harris, a consummate religious educator, wrote that community is taught by the way it is lived. The community of St. Anthony Parish is such a place, living out its dedication to the Gospel and the building of a Christ-centered community in a myriad of ways. Each way teaches not only the one engaged in the endeavor but those who are watching, and they are watching.
Consider the religious ed catechists who faithfully show up to teach our children each Sunday, and the parents who tend the doors, the classrooms and the parking lot. Then there’s the volunteer who put an “addition” on a table for the rectory back porch, the two people who faithfully open the church and return to lock it each day. The adult altar servers who faithfully and reverently serve at most of the weekend Masses are modeling for the congregation, as are the younger servers at the 10.
Our Special Ministers and Lectors, the ushers, the ones who change the lightbulbs, those who set up and take down the candles for Taize and those who decorate the church…all these contribute to the making of our community. They, and all of us, are both learning and teaching how a community works, and all are part of the beautiful mosaic that is our parish.
T.S. Eliot says it well: What life have you if you have not life together? There is no life that
is not in community, And no community not lived in praise of GOD. Amen.