Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Congratulations to our young children who receive their First Eucharist this weekend. Welcome to grandparents and godparents who join us.  May the enthusiastic witness of our youth coming to the altar to receive the Body of Christ help each of us to grow in our love for the gift of the Eucharist which feeds the deepest hungers  of our lives. Thank you to the many catechists including Maureen Leahy and Laura Keltie who have supported parents in preparing our 225 children and their families for this sacrament of initiation.  Congratulations to Laura Keltie on her retirement from St. Francis after serving the past five years as Administrative Specialist to the office of Family Faith Formation for children.

During the First Eucharist retreat last month, the children provided food and toiletries to the homeless. Fr. Michael Duffy, O.F.M. wrote with tremendous gratitude that “the guests at the Inn really appreciated the items and were very grateful.”

Congratulations to our parishioners Ron and Jeanette Doggett who last weekend received from Bishop Burbidge the Catholic Charities Bishop Gossman award for their outstanding service and stewardship to those in need. As founding members of our parish, they have been leaders within St. Francis in many capacities. Ron has served on our Finance Council since the beginning of our parish and has been a wise counselor to each of our pastors including myself.  Jeanette chaired the God’s Work, Our Challenge campaign for  the parish and also helped to lead our Friends in Faith

initiative. Having celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last summer, Ron and Jeanette continue to be great witnesses to God’s love at work in their lives.

In the peace of Christ,

Fr. Mark