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The Christ Renews His Parish weekend retreats for men and women are about a month away.  The women’s weekend will be on September 15-16 and the men’s, Sept. 22-23.  Please consider this as a way for you to grow in your faith as well as grow closer with your fellow parishioners.

“A family that prays together, stays together.”  This famous line was used by a Holy Cross priest in decades past to stress the benefits of a family rosary.  We can see a similar benefit of our parish family present every Sunday at Mass.  It is prayer that binds us one to another, thanks to the grace of our loving God.  

Another phrase we could see fit well for our fast-paced society that splinters up the family is “a family that eats together, stays together.”  Through sharing our meal time growing up, my family had daily good interaction and bonding with each other.  It’s worth it.  Thus we as a parish family also do this in small and big ways, and nothing bigger than our corn and sausage roast.  I am very grateful to the many hands that have helped from the planning stage through to the clean-up.  It is a beautiful way for us to build family bonds and identity with this parish.

Our patroness now has a Knights of Columbus Council named after her.  The 17043rd council of the Knights, here in our parish, is titled the “Thérèse Martin Council”, thus alluding at the same time to our patroness’ saintly parents, Louis and Zélie Martin.  I don’t know for sure, but I have a small hope that this is the only K of C council with that name.  I look forward to the work that this group of men will do to build up the parish family and individual families to be sources of light and hope for our world, to foster intimate relationships with each other and with the Lord.  May Thérèse  and her parents, intercede for these men and keep them zealous in their mission as Knights of Columbus.

At Masses this weekend we have a chance to meet our two newest staff members.  These two part-time positions will help with the work of two former staff members.  Alexis and Ryan are great additions to our parish team who are excited to be working for this parish where they had already been in roles of service in our youth group.  We are excited to see how they can build upon the work of Vicki Schwab and Ash Scarbrough to continue to make Jesus known and loved through our small deeds packed with great love.

Saint Thérèse, the little flower, pray for us!