To provide a place of encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ so people will love God, Love their neighbor and make disciples for Christ.
A Note from Fr. Francis
What a great weekend it was last week as we had a lot of celebrations here. On Saturday, 12 of our Confirmation candidates received the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Joan of Arc, our sister parish in Aberdeen. I could see the joy in their faces as they encountered in a very personal way, the power of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament. We are so proud of them and the Catechist who helped them over the years. Our coordinator for religious education, Annemarie and the many volunteers and peer mentors she worked with. They have had a tremendous impact on the formation of these young men and women.
We also had a great celebration of our Lady of Pompeii here at the parish. Special thanks to the Coppolas and Ercoles families for spearheading this devotion. They provided us with the wonderful prayer cards and the picture of our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii. Through their generosity we were also able to have beautiful flowers to decorate the church. Maria and Jea helped us to put together the flowers so beautifully.
Our parish picnic was a huge success too. It brought many people together to pray and have fun. The Knights of Columbus, with the help of Grand Knight John Marley helped us so much in planning and executing the picnic. Mrs. Judy Plitt and Mr. John Gigantti put together a great number of volunteers who helped to make everything run so smoothly. The musicians who came to help us with the 12noon mass and the concert greatly made the day a huge success. There are surely a lot of people to thank, many of whom worked behind the scenes.
My hope is that we will be able to do this again as a community building activity.
This weekend we join in praying for our Law Enforcement, Firefighters and EMTs. Our society can experience freedom because of the safety and peace that is brought about by the sacrifices of many people at the expense many times of their own safety.
Next week we are beginning our religious education program for our children and youth. This is a great way of forming them in the faith so that together we can journey to our real goal and find true peace in Christ Jesus.
The Gospel this week reminds us to ask ourselves the difficult question “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Mk 10: 17ff. In responding to that question Jesus teaches us that it is more than just following the law but ridding ourselves of materialism. True rewards come when we abandon the world for the sake of the Kingdom of God.
Friends, may God always be the one that we seek. In seeking him, we can truly find joy, peace and a home that lasts forever.
May God Bless you always.