In our Gospel we are reminded that as children of the Most High we are to be merciful as our heavenly Father is merciful.

Fr. Richmond and I continue visiting with families of St. Peter’s this week and through the month of March.  It is a joy for us.  We look to visit members of other parishes of the region in the fall.

The second grade students of our pastoral region are beginning in earnest their preparation for Holy Communion with Jesus, the lover of our souls.  Next Saturday students from St. Julie’s will have the Jesus day retreat with their parents from 1-4pm.  The following Saturday the students of St. Peter in Chains parish will have the Jesus Day retreat with their parents.  All of the Sacraments are encounters with Jesus.  Part of our preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is an all-day retreat led by NET ministries.  The NET ministers are young adults who give a year of their life to leading retreats for high school and junior high youth.  They will be with our confirmation candidates on March 24.  I will host the young men at the rectory.  We need volunteers to provide floor space (or bed), a hot shower and two breakfast and two dinners for 2-5 young ladies for two nights March 24 & March 25.    Help these young apostles help our young people prepare for the sacrament.

Pope Francis and bishops from various countries have just concluded their meeting on addressing the sex abuse crisis.  I thank you for your prayers.  I will make a summary and timeline of Church responses available on the parish webpages later this week.  There are many good priests and lay volunteers who are committed to protecting our precious children.

Next Saturday in the evening is St. Peter in Chains school’s Night at the Races at Badin High School.

What a joy to know, love, and serve the good God.