Congratulations to those at St. Julie’s who are receiving Holy Communion for the first time this weekend!

We are getting close to the end of the school year.  With two schools and a vital PREP program within our region – each with just under or just over 200 students – it takes a lot of helpers lending a hand.  As we near the end of the year I give a sincere thanks to the many people who volunteer as classroom aids, in our cafeteria, as PREP catechists, with PTO/EPIC, et. al.  Thank you for helping us give the best learning environment for our kids.

In this weekend’s gospel we hear Jesus say “This is my commandment: that you love one another as I have loved you.”  We also continue to hear from the Acts of the Apostles, which shows us how early Christians carried out the command to love one another after receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit.  It’s important to recall that we love, not just as a sentiment in the heart, but in concrete words and concrete actions.  Love forms the pattern for how we relate to the people closest to us each day – and some days it takes a real effort.

In two weeks God renews his Church with the gift of the Holy Spirit as we celebrate Pentecost.  In preparation I encourage you to pray a novena to the Holy Spirit beginning on May 10, Thursday of this week.

St. Julie’s pastoral council and St. Joseph pastoral council will meet this week.  Those nominated to serve as new members will be contacted and invited to a discernment meeting in June.

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

In Christ,

Fr. Rob