Last week marked the one year anniversary of the Grand Jury report from Pennsylvania. This report shocked the country and the world with its horrific description of how decades past saw an absolute fall from grace by priests who are called to lay down their lives for their flock, not offer their flock as sacrificial victims to their vice. In the past months, other states have started their own investigations.
All are welcome to join us for a tasty pancake breakfast and fellowship today Sunday, August 18 after the 8, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Masses. Freewill donation, all are welcome. Proceeds to go to Council 17043 projects, especially this year’s Coats for Kids project.
A Life Giving Spirituality Day in and Day Out: My Will with God’s Thursday, August 22 @ 7 p.m., St. Therese, Little Flower Church
All are invited to attend this Parish-wide event presented by Fr. Mike Joly. Fr. Mike is a Roman Catholic priest celebrating 24 years in the priesthood this year. Totally blind since age 6, he nonetheless strives to use his talents and time to celebrate God’s goodness in his own life.
Today’s readings are difficult. There is a line in the second reading that speaks to much we encounter in life: “let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.” (Emphasis added.)
Join us on Saturday, October 19 for our Who Do You Say I Am? retreat. This daylong retreat will walk participants through the Great Story of Jesus. This retreat guarantees to be a transforming weekend, getting to know Jesus like never before! The retreat will be from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Have you been away from the Church and would like to receive the sacraments of initiation? Have you been Catholic your whole life but you'd just like a refresher course? Please join us for our Being Catholic classes! Being Catholic Inquiry Session is August 25 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 1 of the Parish Center. Classes are open to all, but are specifically geared toward those who want to become Catholic or would like to be fully initiated. Please join us!
What is Ananias Training? Ananias Training is a weekly training in September + October designed to form parishioners in “the art of spiritual accompaniment”. The training will use Scripture reflections, video + facilitated discussions to form “Ananiases”.
Brian Garland’s funeral was a beautiful liturgy, with a choir that gave a foretaste of the heavenly hosts that sing before the Lamb on the crystal throne. Please keep his family in prayer, and pray for our parish as we try to keep Sunday liturgies beautiful without our beloved director. Brian’s mailbox a week ago had a shipment from one of the church music companies, which I could tell was an order of sheet music. We found a piece inside which includes part of a prayer of Thomas Merton that I thought you would all enjoy to have in full. I found it fitting for this time when as a parish we may feel a little lost or confused.