Padre's Page - July 8

Dear Friends, here’s what’s up this week:

WORK CAMP. 

Congratulations to our over 20 high school teens and to our adult volunteers who joined over 800 teens from around the diocese at the annual Work Camp last week, refurbishing the homes of the needy in the Fredericksburg area:  job well done!

SUMMER SEMINARIAN. 

We welcome seminarian Joseph Jacobeen who will be with us this Summer, gaining pastoral experience.  You will see him serving Mass, and he will be present at parish activities and events.  His home parish is St. Timothy’s in Chantilly, and he attended Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina before entering seminary, studying at St. Charles Borromeo (!) Seminary in Philadelphia.  Please keep him and all our seminarians always in your prayers.

MISSION APPEAL NEXT WEEKEND

Every year each parish in our diocese hosts a visiting mission speaker and takes up a second collection to support a mission (the annual “Missionary Cooperative Appeal”).  Next weekend we will welcome Fr. Ignace Coissy (of our sister parish in Haiti!) who will be speaking on behalf of his Diocese of Les Cayes, Haiti.  Please come prepared to be generous to help our needy sisters and brothers in the faith!

SUMMERTIME, AND THE LIVING IS EASY…

Summer often means a slower pace of life, more recreation and vacation–but be sure not to take a vacation from your vocation to be saint!  Encountering the Lord through daily prayer, Sunday Mass and frequent Confession should always remain the bases of our spiritual lives.  When traveling, find local Mass and Confession times using this convenient website:  masstimes.org

Enjoy the Summer, and remember to put Jesus first!

I remain, your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don