Mother’s Day: On behalf of the entire Parish staff I would like to wish a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, grandmothers and godmothers in the Parish who have taught us the love of God and nurtured us to maturity. We also keep in thought and prayer all of those deceased.
They assigned him to where his gifts will be best utilized. These past few days I have heard (and read on social media) people commenting on the moves involved with On Mission for the Church Alive! I am so pleased to say that many people have said that they are happy because the priests they know have been assigned in ways that highlight their special gift of ministry. This is the ultimate point of On Mission. We are all called to share our God-given gift with the Church. Each and every one of us! May these new assignments not be moments of sadness but opportunities to highlight the best we all have to offer. Together, we can truly realize the goal of On Mission for the Church Alive! which is to actively engage all baptized Catholics in evangelization by fulfilling our place within the Body, by sharing our unique gifts. As we know from Ephesians, chapter four, “grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift and he gave different graces/gifts to equip us for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the full stature of Christ.”
July 25 Special Speaker dealing with Forgiveness will be at Saint Maurice: Forgiveness is something that is hard to understand, to offer to others and, most especially, to give to ourselves. I have often been asked to do more about forgiveness within the parish. I am happy to say that thanks to the hard work of parishioner Jeff Ladik our parish family (and our local community) will be able to have a truly remarkable opportunity to better understand forgiveness. On July 25, Saint Maurice will be hosting internationally known speaker Captain Guy Gruters. Guy was an Air Force pilot and a POW. He flew over 400 combat missions in Vietnam and on various occasions won significant combat awards, among them two Silver Stars and two Distinguished Flying Crosses. As a result of being shot down over North Vietnam, he was captured and spent five years as a POW in six different POW camps, twice kept in the famous Hanoi Hilton. While in the camps, he experienced a thorough conversion experience and was able to forgive his enemy. To Catholic and other religious groups, Guy’s talks stress forgiveness, family leadership and the love experienced in war. You may have seen him on EWTN where he has appeared on three separate occasions. Or perhaps you have heard him speak at one of his many engagements which include many TOT young adult events. Guy brings to us a powerful and much needed message. Do yourself a favor and mark your calendar now to set aside the evening of July 25 for this talk. In the following weeks more information will be provided about this event.