FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, on the day Ann received her learner’s permit, her father agreed to take her out for a driving lesson. With a big grin, he hopped in behind the driver’s seat. “Why aren’t you sitting up front on the passenger’s side?” she asked. “Ann, I’ve been waiting for this ever since you were a little girl,” Dad replied. “Now it’s my turn to sit back here and kick the seat.” Today we honor all those Dads who hopped in the car with us and sat up front in the passenger seat of the family car, using his right foot to hit the “imaginary brake pedal.” We say “thanks” for being there for us, showing us a father’s love. May God bless our fathers for all the sacrifices done for us and may they have the honor and love of their children always. This will be the first father’s day without my Dad and so I do encourage all those who still have their Dad to never take them for granted and always honor them while they can. And may God grant eternal rest and peace to all those fathers who have gone to be with God. Congratulations fathers and enjoy your day.
As a token of our appreciation for our Dads, we have a little booklet PRAYERS FOR FATHER’S available at the entrances of the Church. Father’s, please feel free to pick one up and use them for your spiritual growth.
YEAR OF MERCY FROM POPE FRANCIS – “Only he who has been touched and caressed by the tenderness of his mercy really knows the Lord. For this reason I have often said that the place where my encounter with the mercy of Jesus takes place is my sin (my bold emphasis). When you feel his merciful embrace, when you let yourself be embraced, when you are moved – that’s when life can change….We stand before a God who knows our sins, our betrayals, our denials, our wretchedness. And yet he is there waiting for us, ready to give himself completely to us, to lift us up.” The Name of God is Mercy
This Thursday we will have our PARISH BUS TRIP TO THE PIRATES GAME. The bus will leave promptly at 7:30 AM from the back of the church parking lot. Please be on time for boarding. We will return right after the game.
This week, we will hopefully welcome back FR. RALPH for a little while. As you know from previous years, Fr. Ralph is a good friend of mine and of the parish. He comes for a brief visit and to inform us of the progress he is making with his school which we support – HOLY NAME OF MARY. I know that you all will make him feel at home once again. Welcome Fr. Ralph!
And speaking of our school – Holy Name of Mary – I want to THANK Joan and Chris Kirkpatrick and her dance studio for a wonderful production of SHREK performed last Saturday evening in the gym. The musical was wonderfully done and some of the proceeds will go to help continue funding the school. I do appreciate their willingness to give of themselves, in a fun way” for the good of God’s children in Ghana. Thanks Joan and Chris and all those involved. God bless.
I hope many of you have noticed how beautiful the PARISH GROUNDS are looking recently. Mark, Ron and the guys are doing a great job in planting, pruning, replacing and mulching throughout. I am pleased with how the planting looks and I hope you all are very proud of the improvements. There is still much to be done; but for now, I am very pleased and I hope you all are also.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Father’s Day was near when a mother brought her three-year-old son, Tyler, to the card store. Inside, she showed him the cards for dads and told him to pick one. When she looked back, Tyler was picking up one card after another, opening them up and quickly shoving them back into slots, every which way. “Tyler, what are you doing?” she asked. “Haven’t you found a nice card for Daddy yet?” “No,” he replied. “I’m looking for one with money in it.”