On Sunday, August 28th, our parish is offering students some divine help! Students of all ages are invited to bring their backpack or book bag to church for a Blessing of the Backpacks at our 8:00 and 10:30 Services.
Many of us are starting a new school year and August is a busy month of preparation. We finish our reading assignments; find out our teacher’s names; discover who is in our classes; and we shop for back to school supplies for our backpacks. We are ready to learn!
Yet, Jesus teaches his disciples that it is not just the things we do and the things we have that are important, but rather it is the feelings and thoughts that we have in our hearts that matter most. That is why at the Blessing of the Backpacks, we will gather to celebrate the beginning of the new school year and to thank God for our students and teachers and ask that all their schools will be dynamic places of learning and discovery for them. We will ask that this year will be full of promise, that they will experience new beginnings and grow in knowledge and wisdom during their school year. And finally, we will ask that God bless them with understanding and respect for one another and that they will be guided by his love. In this way, we hope that their backpacks will be a sign to them that they will have everything they need to learn and grow this year in school and in Sunday school.
Everyone in the community is invited to bring their backpack for a blessing.