Week of May 12, 2019

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers.  Below is a blessing for mothers.  I encourage you to bless your mother today.  All may stretch out their hands over their mother in a gesture of blessing.

Loving God,

As a mother gives life and nourishment to her children,

so you watch over your Church.

Bless our mother.

Let the example of her faith and love shine forth.

Grant that we, her family,

may honor her always with a spirit of profound respect.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Next weekend, May 18-19 we will have a collection for Tomorrow’s Priests: Vocation Fund.  Bishop Johnston sent a letter asking for our support.

In recent years, our Diocese has been blessed with many seminarians discerning the priesthood.  This blessing comes with a challenge: our financial obligations have increased significantly.  I continue to work with my staff to find ways to manage these costs to insure that our resources are being used in the most efficient way possible.

As part of our plan to help with these costs this year, we will continue to have the special collection for our seminarians.  This collection has become more successful every year and continues to be a vital part of our approach to funding this need.  Know of my profound gratitude for making this possible.

-Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr.

Jack Beshenich, a seminarian for our diocese who is finishing up his first year of theology will say a few words before mass thanking us for our support.  I know you will make him feel welcome.

Next Sunday, May 19th, Fr. Jerry Waris will preside at the 8:30 & 10:30 masses.  Fr. Waris has a long history of doing outreach to communities in El Salvador.  Many of the parishes he has pastored have been involved in outreach to El Salvador and that involvement has made a profound difference to their parish.  Jerry will share some of those experiences in his homily and will speak to anyone interested between the 8:30 and 10:30 masses in the A/B room.  I encourage you to take time to come to the A/B room to hear more about Fr. Waris’ experience.  It will be time well spent.

I have received word that my time as Parochial Administrator of Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Harrisonville and Holy Trinity Mission in Urich is coming to an end.  Fr. Richard Rocha will become their Parochial Administrator on June 4th until September 30th.  On October 1st, Fr. Dan Reardon, will become their Parochial Administrator.  Fr. Reardon has been serving as chaplain in the Navy.  He has served in this capacity for over 20 years and will be retiring in September.  I know the people in Harrisonville and Urich look forward to Fr. Reardon eventually being named their pastor.  It has been a blessing to get know the people there, but they need a full time pastor.


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