June 11-12, 2016

I am sorry to inform you that our deacon, Tom Mohan, will be leaving our parish in early August. His family has relocated to Grand Rapids, MI. For several weeks he has commuted from Grand Rapids to minister with me at the Sunday masses. We both knew that this arrangement would have to end soon. He asked that I let you know through my weekly column that his final weekend would be on our parish feast day, August 6th and 7th. He suggested that he combine his goodbye with our parish picnic on August 7th. 
Deacon Tom has been great to work with. He has always been ready and willing to help in whatever way possible. Deacon Tom will continue to be helping with the Sunday masses through the end of July. Be sure to wish him well when you see him before or after masses in the coming weeks.
Please mark your calendar for our three-day parish mission - July 31 to August 2nd. Fr. Larry Zurek, OFM, former pastor and now a Missionary of Mercy who was commissioned by Pope Francis for the Holy Year, will conduct the three evenings of the mission along with Fr. Page Polk, OFM. The mission will begin at 7:00 pm on Sunday evening and end on Tuesday evening with a special mass. Tuesday, August 2nd, is the Franciscan feast of the Portiuncula Indulgence. This indulgence is not widely known, and we hope that our parish mission will help you love the feast as much as we Franciscans love it.
The rose garden has been replanted with seventeen new roses, dontated by parishioners to remember loved ones. They are already blooming! Soon we will have a marker at each rose to acknowledge our donors and the people they wish to remember.