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Fr. Tad Balinda is a Ugandan priest who is now serving in our diocese. A few years ago, some of our parishioners helped his hometown by purchasing goats for residents. The area, in the west of Uganda, borders Congo. The people there were largely displaced and lost their possessions in a civil war several years ago. Goats are used for milk, for meat, and for trade, and they are an important part of a family's sustenance. Fr. Tad reports that the goats are purchased in the market of Bundibugyo, and they cost from $75-90 US, "depending on how good looking and healthy the goat is."

People there are still living in utter poverty, and Fr. Tad has asked if we could find more help. If anyone would like to make a contribution and purchase a goat for a family, please make your donation to our parish and we will send it through Fr. Tad.

Below are pictures of families who have received goats from our past gifts.
 
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We welcome Spenser St. Louis, our summer seminarian to the parish. Spenser is from Fort Wayne and he is studying for our diocese at Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. He will be here until the end of July.

Next weekend, we will have a second collection to help with the education costs of our seminarians. We will likely have 36 young men in the seminary in the coming year, and the costs are mounting for tuition bills. The diocese pays half of the tuition of seminarians who are working on their bachelor's degree and pays the full tuition for those in graduate studies. While we're excited about the prospect of our priest shortage coming to an end, the financial cost to the diocese is large. We will have Spenser offer a few words next weekend. Please be as generous as you can.

Bishop Rhoades will confer the sacrament of Confirmation on our parish Confirmation class this Friday evening at St. Matthew Cathedral. Please keep these young people in prayer. The gifts of the Holy Spirit will serve them well as young followers of Christ.

With high school graduations taking place this week, we also offer prayer and congratulations to all of our young parish graduates.

Our parish May crowning will take place at the 8:30 Mass on Tuesday morning. We were a little late in getting this scheduled, but it is not forgotten! Our Blessed Mother is a powerful source of prayer and inspiration for us, and we call upon her for help.

We welcome the prayer team from Lockport, Illinois who joins us this weekend for the Spirit Seminar. We are blessed by their sharing with us.

Our First Communion celebration was one I will never forget. A second-grade boy was assigned to read the first reading, a long reading from the Acts of the Apostles. It was a difficult reading for a child and he had spent a lot of time practicing. When the time came for the reading, he walked up to the pulpit, stepped up on the stool so that he could reach the microphone. The book wasn't there. In all of the excitement of the morning, the adults had forgotten to put the book out. Our young reader didn't panic. Cool as a cucumber, he looked out at the crowd and recited the whole reading by memory.

We wish a beautiful Mother's Day to all of the mothers of our parish, and we offer prayer for mothers who are deceased. It is hard to imagine a more beautiful vocation.

Our parish mission was wonderful and many were moved by Fr. Ben Berinti's words. I am grateful to Fr. Berinti and also to Brian Garland for arranging this. For anyone who may be interested, Fr. Berinti has two books which are available on Amazon.com.

For two years, 20 priests from our diocese have been taking a course called "Good Leaders/Good Shepherds." The course is designed to give better leadership skills to parish priests. Last week we finished the course and I received a graduation certificate. I hope that you notice the difference!

May 16-17, 2014, Friday, 7 – 9 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at St. Thérèse, Little Flower Catholic Church

A prayerful immersion experience for Catholics to:
•  Deepen your relationship with God
•  Invite the Holy Spirit to work in your life in a whole new way
•  Seek a more vibrant understanding of your Catholic faith
•  Experience more love, joy, and peace in your life 

Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Weather permitting! Please join us for whatever time you can spare and help beautify the grounds.  Limited hand tools available.

Wednesdays from 7-8:30 p.m.

Whether you attended the sessions in Lent or not, you are invited to view the final three sessions:

May 7 - A Vast Company of Witnesses: The Communion of Saints
May 14 - The Fire of His Love: Prayer and the Life of the Spirit
May 21 - World Without End: The Last Things
Our Young Families group is delivering flower bouquets to the special moms in your life on Mother's Day. Please support our efforts by pre-ordering bouquets by May 4th. Flowers and delivery cost only $15! Sign up sheets will be at the back of the church and after the 9:30 Mass in the Parish Center.

For questions, please contact Jen Starks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.