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Hello everyone! As some of you may know, this is my last weekend here at Little Flower. I have had an amazing year, and I have been so extravagantly blessed to be able to enjoy this parish.

As my time here is coming to a close, I wanted to share with you a few things that I have learned about the Lord, about myself, and about ministry:

The St. Therese Little Flower Social Justice Commission (SJC) held their May meeting on Monday May 13. Items for discussion were the successful Faith in Indiana St. Joseph County training held on April 28 at St. Therese. Building on that training members of the SJC will be contacting some of our parishioners for conversations about their interests and passions for our parish and community.

Saturday morning we had Confirmations at our parish, hosting some other parishes to fill our church for this special sacrament with Bishop Rhoades.  It was a great blessing to see the youth of our parish take this next step in their faith lives.  They entered into it with a sincere heart, and I believe God will be close to them in the road ahead.  Also close to them will be their Confirmation sponsors and their new patrons in heaven, the saints for whom they chose to be named when they were presented to the Bishop. 

I grew up in a good Catholic home, and I remember my parents taking us to church at least 3 times a week. My favorite saint is St. John the Evangelist because he was the youngest of the Apostles, and his Gospel speaks about love. 

I hope this weekend you were able to meet our seminarian, Jonathan Evangelista.  He will write an introduction for our next bulletin so you can get learn more about him and his journey toward priesthood, both before and during his recent years in seminary formation.  I am delighted to have another brother in the Lord to live the common life with and to share my ministry with.  Jesus sent out his disciples two-by-two, and this is a beautiful way that I can get a “dose” of that collaboration that I live all throughout my priesthood, though in many ways “from afar.”  

Friday-Sunday, June 7-9, 2019
Abbey of Gethsemani & Bourbon Trail, Kentucky

The Abbey of Gethsemani, the Trappist monastery where Thomas Merton was a monk, is nestled in the heart of the Bourbon Trail, the historical epicenter of bourbon production. Come renew your spirit on this young adult pilgrimage which will explore the intersection of faith and culture, sacred and profane, spiritual and physical refreshment.

Friday, June 14 - Saturday, June 15
St. John Paul II Center, Mishawaka
God has called and gifted you for a mission. When you were baptized, you were given the presence of the Holy Spirit and charisms, gifts of the Holy Spirit that enable you to be a channel of God's love, truth, beauty, mercy, healing, and provision for others.