This weekend we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord.  When Jesus was baptized, both John the Baptist and the voice from the heavens testified to his identity as Messiah and Son of God.  It also marked the beginning of his public ministry and mission to redeem our fallen world.  In the homily Fr. Richmond and I reflect on the share in his mission that each of us received at our baptism.  That’s right, every one of the baptized – and not just priests and nuns – have a share in Christ’s mission.  Whether it is a nation, a family, a company, or the Church, a group is only as strong as its members.  With that in mind please see the bulletin insert that recommends ways that you can share in the mission of Jesus and His Church and be more involved in our local parishes.

I value greatly the resources of time represented by the work already being done by our parishes and called for in the bulletin insert.  Thank you for your generosity.  I am also attending to the financial resources of each parish.  This weekend I will give an update for St. Peter’s with the successes and shortfalls in this regard.  I intend to give a similar update for the other parishes in March.

January 18-25 is the week of prayer for Christian unity.  We have a long way to go before we are one flock with one Shepherd or image more closely the Bride of Christ without spot or blemish.

January 22 (a Tuesday this year) marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion in all 50 states.  Butler County Right to Life organizes prayer and a march around the Butler County courthouse at 7pm that evening.  The cause is worthy of support; I encourage you to be there if you are able.

Next weekend is the announcement weekend for the annual Catholic Ministries Appeal.