Enjoy Labor Day weekend!  Even work is a gift from God.  If you have been unemployed and looking for work for an extended period of time, or if you know someone who has, you understand this.  God created us to interact with the world around us in productive and creative ways.  While not the most important good, meaningful use of our time on earth is part of a good life.  Mass for our pastoral region will be celebrated on Labor Day at 9am at St. Peter in Chains church.

The Church continues to wrestle with past cases of sex abuse.  Consider setting aside thirty minutes or an hour on September 14th or 15th to come and pray.

Butler County is leading a Partnership to Reduce Infant Mortality and have chosen September as a month for awareness.  It may or may not have affected many who are in the pews, but the letter of James tells us: “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”  It calls upon us to have concern for the weak and most in need.  There are neighbors in the city of Hamilton whose children don’t make it to their first birthday (mostly due to absence of pre-natal care and poverty).  Next weekend’s bulletin will have an insert as part of this awareness effort.

This weekend we begin to hear from the Letter of the Apostle James.  It sets a high bar, a high standard, for Christian behavior.  It will help us to recognize some of our shortcomings.  But when we live it, it will cause others to say, “See how they love one another.”

Draw close to the Lord, who is faithful.

In Christ,

Fr. Rob