Father’s Day is not the only day of celebration in the month of June for our High School Seniors it is the time for graduation! A time to look back on all that they have accomplished to this point in their lives and to thank God for the blessing they have received. And a time to look ahead as they are on the threshold of new beginnings and adventures. I would like to congratulate them on their upcoming graduation ceremonies and I ask God’s blessings upon them in all their future endeavors whether in college, or military service, or in the job force.
In our diocese the last Tuesday of June marks the moving day for priests taking on new assignments. It was four years ago that I began my assignment at Good Shepherd Catholic Community. I know for myself that the transition for me was a smooth one thanks to the support and encouragement you gave me. Transition though is not always easy so I ask you to pray for the priests who are taking on new assignments, as well as the newly ordained, Father Jeffrey Chichester who will begin his first priesthood assignment. Pray for the parish communities who will be experiencing transition in leadership. The saying goodbye to someone you know and saying hello to someone who is a stranger is not easy. But, prayer sure helps; as does the Spirt of God who always gives us the strength we need to be Christ for one another.
This Thursday we officially entered the season of summer! All of our elementary, middle school and high students are completing their school years. Vacation trips are being planned, family reunions are in the works, and outdoor outings in the sunshine and fresh air are an appreciated blessing. Yes, the
Summer is a time for recreation, relaxation and renewal. But, I would remind school students, that the summer also is a time for continued learning. I encourage them to take some time each day to read over the summer months; if you’re on a trip learn about the history of the area and appreciate the beauty of God’s creation. With the busyness of all the activities that fill our days we can easily forget to refresh our minds and spirits. Yet no matter what age we are it is important for us to continue to learn and grow as God’s children especially in our knowledge of our faith and God’s ways in our life. So make sure you take the time to pray and to celebrate Sunday Mass with your families and be strengthen and renewed with the gift of the Eucharist. And remember we are all called to be sacraments of God’s love to one another.
God Bless you,