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Future Direction

Future Direction Subcommittee of the Supreme Council
Polish National Catholic Church
August 1, 2017 

Dear Bishops, Very Rev. and Rev. Fathers, Deacons and Faithful of our Holy Church,
 
In our holy Polish National Catholic Church the month of August is a special one because we focus on our Youth.  Youth Sunday is celebrated on August 27th this year. 

As we continue in our Year of Commitment – what is our commitment to our youth?  Do we keep them in our prayers?  Do we support them in their efforts to live and spread the faith to their peers?  Do we encourage them to have important roles in the ministry of our parish?  Do we equip them with tools to learn and cherish our Christian Catholic faith?

Remember what our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said about the youth (Mark 9:33-37):
Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?”  But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

There are also the words from the First Letter to Timothy (4:12-16):
 Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.  Until I arrive, give attention to the public reading of scripture, to exhorting, to teaching.  Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you through prophecy with the laying on of hands by the council of elders. Put these things into practice, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress. Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; continue in these things, for in doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers.

 
Here is a prayer to offer for our youth:
Prayer for Youth (2010 PNCC Prayer Book):

Let us pray.  Loving and kind Father, because You created us in Your image and likeness and determined that one generation should follow another in order to continue life, keep in Your tender and steadfast care the youth of the Church.  May they come to know and understand that true happiness can be attained when they live in harmony with Your teaching.  May they, like our Lord and Savior in His youth, grow “in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.”  Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

 
Please continue to share with the Future Direction committee the efforts in your parish of implementing the 2017 Action Plan.  How are your community service projects going?  Let us rejoice in the opportunity God is providing us to put the Holy Gospel into action in our local communities. 

If you know of parishioners or friends who are not a part of our monthly email updates – please have them email us at FutureDirection@pncc.org to become a part of this important effort for our Holy Church.

Please keep this church-wide undertaking begun at Holy Synod in your daily prayers – asking the Holy Spirit to lead and guide this work and allow it to bear fruit for the building of His Kingdom through our Holy Church.  As we continue our year of commitment 2017 – let us continue and renew our Commitment to Christ and our Holy Catholic and Apostolic PNCC.

May God bless you and may you pray for, encourage and support our precious youth!

Sincerely yours in Christ,
PNCC Future Direction Committee
Most Rev. Anthony A. Mikovsky, Prime Bishop 
Very Rev. Robert M. Nemkovich Jr., Chairman