This week’s Living Stones appeal features our need for catechists and aids for PREP, Children’s liturgy of the Word (CLOW), and Vacation Bible School (VBS).  Did you know that our pastoral region has just under 200 students in our Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) each year?  St. Joseph Consolidated School usually has between 200 and 210 students, St. Peter in Chains school often has between 170-180, and our Sunday morning religious education has between 180 and 200.  We need catechists for our Sunday morning PREP.  Mrs. Mary Pat Austing works with catechists to be prepared for the classes.  The most important thing is that our catechist is loving and patient with our youth.

Children’s liturgy of the Word invites pre-K through 1st graders to be dismissed from Sunday Mass during the liturgy of the Word to hear the gospel read with a child-friendly vocabulary.  We hope to begin again in the fall if we have adult catechists and helpers to be with them.  This year’s VBS at St. Peter’s will be July 12-16 in the mornings.  It is always fun for our grade school children.  We need adult and high school age helpers to make it run well.

Last weekend was a beautiful occasion as our archdiocese, in its 100 year history, ordained its first Hispanic deacon, St. Julie’s own Uriel Santos.  Congratulations Uriel!  He lived with me for one year in 2017-2018 and he has a great heart for God and for ministry.  We are blessed!

It is May.  That means it is Mary’s month and also time for First Holy Communions.  St. Peter and St. Joseph recently celebrated First Holy Communions.  Children at St. Julie’s will make their First Holy Communion throughout this month.  How great is the love of our Lord Jesus!

On May 16 our archdiocese begins a pilgrimage with a statue of Our Lady, Queen of Fatima.  We are invited to renew / make the consecration preparation for 33 Days to Morning Glory during this time as well.  The pilgrims and the Mary statue will be coming to our pastoral region on Saturday, June 5.  Look for more information to come!

In Christ,  Fr. Rob


­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Del arzobispo Schnurr:

El pasado miércoles 21 de abril, me reuní con mis hermanos sacerdotes de la Arquidiócesis para nuestra convocatoria anual. Durante ese día de reflexión y oración, dedicamos parte de nuestro tiempo al tema del racismo. Escuchamos al obispo Sheldon Fabre, presidente del Comité Ad Hoc de Obispos de EE. UU. Sobre Racismo, al arzobispo Schnurr, a dos profesores de la Universidad de Dayton y a cuatro de nuestros compañeros católicos que compartieron sus experiencias de racismo en sus vidas. Fue un evento poderoso que transmitió el mensaje de “Abramos nuestros corazones: un llamado duradero al amor”, la carta pastoral de 2018 sobre el racismo de los obispos de EE. UU. Nuestra Arquidiócesis está comprometida activamente en enfrentar el pecado del racismo y todavía hay mucho trabajo por hacer. Le pido que ore para que estos esfuerzos continúen dando buenos frutos, y le animo a que se comunique con la Oficina de Acción Social de la Arquidiócesis si está interesado en aprender más sobre estas iniciativas.    P. Rob