Jesus said to the Twelve, “Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.”
Be Not Afraid: Jesus repeatedly tells us not to fear our mission or the resistance, persecutions and plots that may come against us. Our salvation and the salvation of those around us depend on us giving witness to our savior, Jesus Christ. Sharing our love of God with those around us may occasionally get us into hot water, but it is far better to be shunned by people than to be shunned by God and shut out of Heaven. Just as the early Church called on the Holy Spirit at Pentecost to give them the strength to evangelize, let us continue to pray for the grace to share our faith generously. For some, it may affect their eternal destiny.
Witness to Hope: Congratulations! Last week, both St. Robert and Good Shepherd Parishes reached their financial goals! Now each parish will receive 65% of every new dollar pledged over goal. St. Robert and Good Shepherd have also exceeded their participation goal of 40% of parish households; however, I would love to see our participation rates exceed 50% or more. In order to share the sacrifice, I would ask those who haven’t pledged yet to please contribute and honor those who have made generous sacrifices to support our diocese and parish. Thank you all so very much. I’m proud of you!
Fr. Tony Smela: Please continue to pray for Fr. Tony as he begins his assignment at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Ann Arbor at the end of June. Fr. Tony has been an immense blessing to the community, and we look forward to seeing him around the diocese in the future.
May God bless you all!