Those of you who were at St. Julie’s saw our children receive First Holy Communion this weekend. What an example to us of dressing for Mass in a way that honors the Lord! If you were at St. Peter’s or St. Joseph you may have seen an unfamiliar (but friendly) face this weekend. Fr. Dan Schmitmeyer is the director of vocations for our Archdiocese. He helps young men discern a call to the priesthood. He can also help direct young men and women to religious communities to discern God’s call. I will resume using the archbishop’s prayer for vocations to conclude petitions at Mass.
Each year the priests of the archdiocese are invited to an anniversary dinner. On Monday night Fr. Timothy Bunch, previous pastor of St. Peter’s, and Fr. Marc Sherlock, who grew up at St. Peter’s will be recognized for 40 years of priestly service. Our esteemed bishop, Joe Binzer, has been a priest for 25 years.
This Tuesday is the first Tuesday of the month. St. Joseph church will be open for confessions and Eucharistic exposition from 7-8pm.
On Thursday of this week Pathway to Hope, the crisis pregnancy center here in Hamilton, will have their annual banquet. I am excited that they have newly renovated space on Front Street to continue the important work they do. As I think about their mission, I am reminded of the movie Unplanned, which I saw three weeks ago. I am glad we have a loving, supportive pregnancy center in Hamilton at Pathway to Hope.
In our gospel we hear Peter and John say, “We must obey God rather than men.” There is a lot of talk about rights today – which is a good thing. It leads to the question: “Do rights come from the government or do they come from God?” It is the same dynamic that the apostles faced.
Rejoice in the Risen Lord!