First, I want to thank our St. Pio Knights of Columbus Council members for sponsoring our Bi-Parish picnic and social held last Sunday, August 15! It was a great event – thank you for your service!
Second, I want to thank all those who helped make our procession in honor of the Virgin Mary and the ice cream social a great event! A special ‘thank you’ to our musicians, cantors, servers and the Little Flowers Girls Club!
Third, with my new responsibilities as the parochial administrator for the Church of the Holy Trinity in Goodhue, Bellechester and Belle Creek my life will be a little ‘more full’.
Many of you have expressed your good wishes and offerings of prayer. Thank you! I am intent on trusting in our Lord – His grace will be a rock for me. As I come to learn more about this new role in the days and weeks ahead, I will communicate with you. Please know, if you have any questions, I invite you to contact me.
Fourth, after seeking advice, counsel and input from parents, parishioners, parish staff and others, I am excited to announce that at the Churches of St. Michael and St. Paul we will be adopting a new format for our faith formation programs this fall. We will move to a family-based model that seeks to empower parents as the primary educators of their children in our Catholic Faith. More information will be available next week.
Fifth, I am still ‘taking in’ all that I learned and experienced during our Mission Trip to Haiti. I think I will be reflecting on what I experienced for a long, long time. I shared some of my experiences during my sermon last weekend. This weekend and over the next few weeks I want to share some the experiences from our co-missionaries. Here is a message from Brooke Salfer. Brooke is a parishioner at the Church of St. Michael, Pine Island. She will begin her senior year at Pine Island High School next month. Through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, Sts. Ann and Joachim, St. Paul and St. Michael, may our good Lord grant us every grace we need to know, love and serve Him in this life and be happy with Him forever in the next!
In Christ through Mary,
From Brooke Salfer, on her experience as part of our Mission Trip to Haiti:
Simply incredible. Ten days in a third world country changes a person. After hours of constant sweating, little sleep, inconsistent electricity and running water, and many Culligan dispenser containers empty,I will no longer take the luxuries in America for granted. To see families wearing the same clothes day after day makes my bottomless closet seem pointless. It breaks my heart that the happiest babies I have ever seen and cared for are malnourished with very little to call their own... but they don't care. They smile, giggle, and play because that is all they know. Though we couldn't communicate verbally, I'm sure going to miss their squeezes, snuggles, and oh so beautiful faces. They make my heart full of compassion and love. God works in remarkable ways, and this opportunity for me to travel to Haiti and make a difference has forever changed me.
I am so very grateful. Thank you all for your generosity through both donations and prayers throughout the duration of our trip. The memories will stick with me forever. So merci, Haiti. Thank you for inspiring me to do good. Thank you for allowing me with the perfect conditions to grow closer with God. Thank you for such an indescribable and irreplaceable adventure!