• Jennifer Burke and her daughter. (Courier photo by Jennifer Burke)

It’s all about the sacraments

Jennifer Burke/Catholic Courier    |    06.10.2021
Category: Our Two Cents


It always amazes me how often my personal and professional lives intersect. June 5 is a perfect example of this convergence.

That day was all about sacraments. In the morning I covered the ordination of the Diocese of Rochester’s two newest priests. Over the years, I’ve attended and written about a number of ordinations — both to the priesthood as well as the diaconate — yet I’m always amazed and impressed by each one. There are so many powerful and emotional moments, and I always feel blessed to be able to be present to witness them.

After conducting brief interviews with the two new priests, I rushed home to finish writing the article so it could be posted quickly on the Courier’s website, then turned my attention to my daughter, who was celebrating her first Communion at our parish in a few hours. She had been diligently preparing for this moment for several months, and was nervous but ready and excited.

As I sat in the pew during the Mass (which as luck would have it, was celebrated by one of the newly ordained priests), I gazed up at the stained-glass window behind our church’s altar that depicts Jesus on the cross. I remembered all the times I stared at that window when I was a child, around the time I celebrated my own first Communion.

I thanked God for leading me to a job that allows me to constantly learn more about my faith. I thought of all the people who have nurtured my relationship with God over the years, from my parents to the teachers at my Catholic elementary school to my high-school youth minister. I asked God to help me be like these people, and foster in my own children a strong faith and relationship with God.

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