I extend a big ‘Thank You’ to those who helped at St. Joseph with their first Vacation Bible School.  I’m looking forward to spending some time with the students at St. Peter’s VBS July 16-20.  In both cases it can only happen because of generous volunteers giving their time.

I hope that you and your family have some tradition to get together and celebrate Independence Day.  We are very fortunate to live in the Land of the Free.  Mass will be celebrated at St. Julie Billiart on July 4 at 8:30am.  You should be able to make it to the fairgrounds before 10am if you want to march with Butler County Right to Life or another parade contingent.  I am wishing you a happy celebration of Independence Day!

I want to call your attention to events this month marking the 50th anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae.  On July 6-7 (Friday and Saturday) a conference is held in Sharonville with the theme: “Families, Become What You Are!”  The family is a sanctuary of life and a school of love.  It includes activities for kids.  Our Hamilton Catholic Pastoral Region will host three talks on Wednesdays in July.  Babysitting will be available.  On July 11, I will speak about the irreplaceable role of the family and the Church’s great love and concern for family life.  On July 18, a clinical counselor from Ruah Woods Psychological Services will introduce more about the Church’s vision for family life.  On July 25, the same counselor will speak from his experience as a marriage counselor and as a Christian father on how to foster love in the home and guard against habits that would break homes apart.  God bless you and your families!

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

In Christ,

Fr. Rob