Happy Mothers’ Day!  The venerable Fulton J. Sheen once wrote: “When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more noble her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women.”  Thank you, mothers.

On Monday through Wednesday of this week I will be at a conference with three team members – one from each parish – to establish a leadership team.  It is hosted by Amazing Parish, which was founded by a well-established business consultant and leadership coach, Patrick Lencioni.  Archbishop Schnurr and several priests have recommended it as introducing a model to better serve the people of our parishes.  It envisions parishes built around three principles: reliance on prayer and the sacraments, commitment to a healthy organization, and a passion for evangelization and discipleship.  Pray for us.

It is the end of another school year.  Our schools are bustling with preparations for graduation and one last EPIC/PTO get-together.  The year presented challenges, but there is much to be thankful for.  I hope to have a second night of adoration, praise, and worship (the first was Feb. 6) in June to offer thanksgiving to God.

At the end of March, Open to God in Spirit offered a marriage retreat weekend.  Members of our Hispanic community who have made an Encuentro Matrimonial weekend will have a one-day retreat next Sunday.  They give witness that marriage is worth the investment.

Next Saturday, the Butler Philharmonic performs in Middletown.  I will not be singing with them, but you might find me in the crowd (7:30pm, so I have time to get there after the 5:15 Mass).

Rejoice in the Risen Lord!

In Christ,

Fr. Rob