Last weekend Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama was here and presided at the 11:30 mass on Sunday morning. If you were here you heard him say that the priest is not the “celebrant” of the mass, but the presider – that the gathered assembly of the people all “celebrate” the Mass, meaning to be present, to listen to the word, to receive the body of Christ, and to act and live as a disciple of Christ in the world. The bishop was gracious and appreciative of his time here. He recently hosted a listening session at the diocese about the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. He acknowledged that the BAA goals were high for many parishes and also pointed out that the diocese has grown rapidly over the past few decades and therefore the needs have increased.
We at St. Francis are in the midst of our 2018 BAA – thank you to all who have already contributed, and we ask that if you have not yet contributed to please consider your pledge for 2018. As always, thank you!
On Saturday, March 24, several members of St. Francis will participate in “March for Our Lives” – a march by high school students in response to gun violence in our schools. A line in the peace prayer of St. Francis reads “make me an instrument of your peace.” Our prayers and blessings on all who walk in support of peace in these divided times. A friend of mine recently sent me this, from Africa, which I find beautiful:
“We believe in one high God, who out of
all love created the beautiful world. We
believe that God made good his promise
by sending his son, Jesus Christ, a man
in the flesh, a Jew by tribe, born poor
in a little village, who left his home and
was always on safari doing good, curing
people by the power of God, teaching
about God and man, showing that the
meaning of religion is love. He was rejected
by his people, tortured and nailed,
hands and feet to a cross, and died. He
lay buried in a grave, but the hyenas did
not touch him, and on the third day he
rose from the grave.”
Blessings on your week!