August 10, 2014

From the Seminarian’s Desk

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 10, 2014

Fellow Parishioners,

I pray that your summer is going well and that some good re-creation is happening so that with the quickly approaching fall season we can be energized and ready to go! With Father Felix and Deacon Ned being gone this past week, I was commissioned to hold down the fort and tend to smaller duties around the parish. It has been a pleasure to lead First Wednesday and Thursday and also celebrating Communion Services every day.

As we come to the end of the summer, I have begun to see the countless blessings I have received from serving this parish community for the past three summers. It has been a true joy to get to know almost every one of you personally and reinforces in myself my desire to be a priest, one day having my own parish family like ours.

The one thing I would like to leave you with is that I desire to see a strengthening of families in our parish. In today’s society, which is solely focused on short-term pleasure rather than seeking the kingdom of God, we lose sight of what is important. Due to this reality in society, there seems to be a generational gap where the Catholic faith wasn’t properly taught. This is not to blame anyone, rather to set our focus on improving our knowledge of the faith. This task, though, starts with the family.

The family is the primary source of education in the faith. So, I exhort all of our families to become the primary schools of the faith and to become central components of this parish. We have a lot to work on, but by God’s grace we can accomplish much.

To say goodbye would be wrong, because you will still see me and I will always be with you in the Eucharist. Know of my prayers for you and yours and that you are always in my heart. I look forward to the coming years and one day celebrating the Holy Mass with you all.

God bless you,

Daniel

Father Bill