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In the spirit of Missionary Cooperation, Bishop Kevin C Rhoades has approved that the Diocese of Idah in North Central of Nigeria will be with us the weekend of June 29 and 30 to preach a Mission Appeal. The proceeds will be used for Evangelization and Missionary activities in the Catholic Diocese of Idah, Nigeria.

St.  Thérèse, Little Flower Catholic Church seeks a part-time Coordinator of Young Adult Evangelization to support the faith growth of parishioners ages 18-39 of any state in life.  The coordinator will create a range of opportunities for fostering community, proclaiming the Gospel, and ultimately producing faithful disciples. Hours are estimated to be 20-25 hours per week. For more information and to apply, please visit either the diocesan website www.diocesefwsb.org or call 272-7070.

This parish never ceases to amaze me. Perhaps you all can share my sentiments: doesn't summer mean slowing down and taking some more space to breathe? Not at this parish. I am delighted to see how the wrapping up of religious education and our big renter, Forever Learning Institute, has not meant idleness for us, but new venues of activity. Today is a good example of that, with our Knights of Columbus hosting a breakfast after morning Masses and the Corpus Christi procession (God willing us fair weather) after the 11:30am Mass.  A beehive might best describe this parish: "buzzing" with activity but all in harmony and for the same goal: the "honey" that is God's kingdom of justice, love, and peace.

The Holy Hour is a magnificent opportunity to make the inner silence in which the Lord speaks especially to us. This is achieved in various ways. The Holy Hour prayed in the Church, has the advantage of the presence of the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, and the Church is the natural place for prayer.

June 23, Solemnity of the Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi):
Persecution of Christians and Religious Minorities in the Middle East
Pray that our Christian sisters and brothers in the Middle East, and all religious minorities, who are suffering from attacks by extremists and interminable conflicts may be freed from violent persecution.

Father's Day has me reflecting on perhaps the most serious vocation's crisis in our world today: fatherhood.  Yet so many men don't know the joys that fatherhood can give.  They only focus on the crosses. There are lot of guys in our society who stay along the shoreline, in the shallow water, afraid to go out to the deep of being a parent.  The devil has worked overtime on the male heart in our society to drive them from fatherhood. So many men, for different reasons, forfeit their role to be an earthly image of God, our Heavenly Father.

The diocesan Office of Worship will be hosting a "Morning of Reflection" for liturgical ministers on Saturday, June 22, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at St. Monica Church.

Led by diocesan seminarians, this event can serve as a mini retreat for diocesan extraordinary ministers and lectors, who are encouraged to spend some time at least once a year in a retreat experience.