Legion of Mary • 3:30pm PSR Classes • 6:00pm Vacation Bible School Meeting • 7:00pm
From the Pastor
Today in Rome, Pope Francis is leading the celebration & canonization of two new Saints in our
Church. Popes John XXIII & John Paul II. Much can certainly be said about both of them; here are brief descriptions for why our Church considers these two popes to now be counted among the Saints in Heaven.
Pope John XXIII born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli convened the Second Vatican Council & was a tireless advocate for peace. In his encyclical letter Pacem in Terris - Peace on Earth, he wrote that lasting peace could never come about without courageous leaders willing to stand against evil. John XXIII wrote this in the early 1960's when our world saw it share of evils. How appropriate these words are today - with the evil we continue to see in our world; let's hold fast John XXII'S words & pray for courageous leaders to guide us.
Pope John Paul II born Karol Wojtyla is I am sure, a pope many of us remember fondly; as the pastoral shepherd of our church who had a great passion for the dignity of all human life & religious freedom. He spoke out against communist governments claiming every person's rights to religious freedom. In his encyclical letter Evangelium Vitae - the Value & Inviolability of Human Life, he wrote there can be no true democracy without a recognition of every person's dignity, there can be no true peace unless life is defended & promoted at all of it's stages - we must always promote a Gospel of Life in a world that has digressed into a culture of death.
Like Pope John XXIII, the writings & words of John Paul II are just as relevant today as they were when he wrote them. Our religious freedoms & life are constantly being threatened; each are under attack daily. Prayer continues to be our best defense against these threats. Thank God we have two new Saints watching over us and interceding on behalf of a world & Church that continues to need their guidance. Let's pray often to Saints John XXIII & John Paul II to help us in our lives today.
The IC VBS Team is ready for its 9th year of Vacation Bible School! Are YOU? This year’s theme is SonTreasure Island, and is based on the letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.
On June 23 -27 your children will learn that love is Giving, Kind, Caring, Forgiving, and Forever as we follow Jesus’ examples of love lived out through Bible Stories, Music, Skits, Crafts, Games, Snacks, and NEW this year… “Saint of the Day!”
So, be on the lookout in the weeks ahead for a treasure full of registration information! You can dig for this treasure on the parish website, handouts at PSR and Mater Dei Academy, at the church entrances and parish offices! Please keep the children and the IC VBS Team in prayer, as we reach out once again to share and grow in the love of Jesus through this wonderful ministry!
God bless! —Deacon Paul, Jacqui Rapacki, & the entire VBS TEAM
Thank you so much for your generosity in financial support and prayers for Franciscan University’s New Mexico mission trip. We traveled to Gallup, New Mexico which is near a Navajo reservation. I had the privilege to be able to work with the Missionaries of Charity, which is the order of sisters founded by Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. I worked alongside the Missionaries of Charity in a soup kitchen to serve the homeless men and women of Gallup. While working here, my eyes were opened to the severe alcoholism the Navajo culture struggle’s with. Please keep these men and women in your prayers.
The Missionaries of Charity lead a beautiful life devoted to Christ and serving those most in need. The work ethic of the sister’s is amazing! They truly work and live a life of love, obedience, humility, and service. I am so thankful that I was able to be a witness to the sisters and the light they are in this world.
While there, my team also put on a retreat for the students in grades K-8 at St. Anthony’s school on the Zuni reservation. On this retreat we taught the students the Luminous mysteries of the rosary. It was a very fun day!
Thank you for the prayers and financial support! Our team and all those that we served and volunteered with, greatly appreciate it. May God Bless you.