In today’s gospel the apostles got caught up in the day to day.  A paraphrase: “Jesus, there are people looking for you here.  You’re popular right now.  Let’s stay where it’s comfortable and the people like you for the healing you did yesterday.” Jesus kept his eyes on the mission: “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also.  For this purpose I have come.”  It’s easy for us to get caught up in the day to day.  As long as it’s occasional, that’s what has to be done.  But God gives us the Sabbath each week and the Church gives us Lent each year as a reminder to step back and see again the big things in life.

I’m very excited that NET Ministries will be here next Saturday!  They will give a retreat for 6th graders, 7th graders, and other teens of our pastoral region who are preparing to for confirmation in 2017.  It’s wonderful to see these young people (ages 19-24) sharing their faith with our kids.  …and thank you to the families that offered to give the ministry team a place to sleep.

St. Joseph Pastoral Council will meet on Wednesday of this week.  First Tuesday confessions and adoration will be at St. Joseph from 7-8pm.

Reminder again: I will have a short Q & A with high school kids with games to follow at St. Peter next Sunday.  Ask your teenage kids if they would like to attend.

The beginning of Lent is just over a week away.  How will you mark this time of growth?  You might learn about Matthew Kelly’s Best Lent Ever (daily e-mail).

In Christ,

Fr. Rob