This weekend we bless married couples at each Mass in our pastoral region.  Marriage is the building block of society.  When marriage and families are strong, society is strong.  When marriages and families are weak, the breakdown fragments almost every other area of society.  God intended marriage as a blessing for spouses, who share their life together, and a blessing for children to have a model of love and a stable home.  This weekend’s blessing gives God’s help and calls spouses to renew their commitment to each other.

On Wednesday, the Archdiocese is inviting priests who serve multiple parishes to come together.  Individual pastors and the archbishop and his advisors are still coming to grips with the challenges this situation carries with it.  It is difficult to say where this will lead two years, five years out from now.  In the meantime, the priests try to follow our Lord’s example and to care for His flock as they are able.

With the help of a volunteer from St. Julie’s, I am beginning to assess with greater earnestness the spiritual needs of residents in area nursing homes.  As we get a clearer picture we may need additional Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to make themselves available to visit nursing homes.  St. Julie’s has done well in the past of ministering to Butler County Care Facility, Glen Meadows, Doverwood, and Birchwood.

In our gospel Jesus tells us to ask, to seek, and to knock.  The prayer for our pastoral region is included on the next page as a way for us to ask and to pray.  Some may have cut it out and have it on their refrigerator from the first time it appeared in the bulletin.  Thank you.  In May a member from each parish went with me to the Amazing Parish conference.  The first building block is creating a culture of prayer.

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