Dear Parish family,

There are many instances in my priesthood when I reflect on an interaction, a meeting, a liturgy or an event and realize that God’s Grace was flowing in abundance at that moment or in that situation.  I believe in my heart of hearts that our Community Mass and picnic was one of those very powerful moments. 

When I reflect on our gathering I can’t help but be moved by the experience of Celebrating Mass in the Dome with six hundred people surrounding the Lord’s Altar.  It was amazing to look out and see such a strong cross section of our two parishes joining together in prayer to give thanks to our God.  The worship was beautifully enhanced by the talent of our combined choirs and I am very grateful to our directors for organizing the choir and music so beautifully. 

The luncheon was delicious and I was impressed with our caterers who obviously knew what they were doing and did it efficiently and professionally.  I won’t even mention the huge selection of sweets that filled several tables!  Suffice it to say that all in attendance will be on a sugar high for a good three days! 

The many games and sports, led by our teen volunteers, were a great success and everyone had a blast in the beautiful facility.  It was wonderful watching our youth interacting with each other, laughing and having some good-ole-fun.  

I think what was most pleasing to me was simply having the opportunity to be with my two parishes interacting as one family.  When I walked around the facility I was convinced that we were all experiencing the Church in the modern world; a community using their time, talent and treasure to build up the Kingdom of God in our midst.

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make our day so wonderful from set up to take down, from parking cars to donating raffle prizes, from face painting to check in.  You were all a blessing.  And finally thank you to our pastoral council picnic subcommittee.  You were a terrific team and the results of your hard work were very obvious to all in attendance.  I thank God for the gift you are to our yoked community. 

God bless everyone!

With Peace,
Fr Rick 

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