First Communion and The Coming Holy Store
First of all, I give you a gentle reminder that our parish celebration for our second graders making their first Holy Communion will be next Sunday at the 11:00 Mass. This is a beautiful time where 4 things come together: Motherís Day, May Crowing to honor Our Lady, the joy of first Holy Communion, and the spring season coming into its fullness!
Please note the pictures of our kids making their first communion in the St. Joseph room and offer a prayer or sacrifice for their spiritual perseverance in faith. We all know all too well how easy it is to drift away from receiving Jesus (at least weekly) in the Eucharist at Mass. Let us pray that the hearts of these young people will be so open and so profoundly touched that they could never stand to be apart from Jesus for any major length of time. Let us pray that their parents and families will also persevere in the practice of the faith and that they would be inspired by many good role models of faith being lived out authentically. We especially commend them all to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, trusting that she will guide and protect them every day of their lives.
Secondly, the parish council has discussed and supported the launching of a small Catholic religious goods store that will operate under the auspices of our parish. A small group of volunteers has stepped up to the plate to lead the operation and they have already been working behind the scenes to make this happen. Thanks to a good friend of mine who owns and operates a large Catholic goods store in Manitowoc, WI, we have the initial inventory to get off the ground without much hassle. The store will be in the room next to the Atrium, off of the St. Joseph room.
The store is not for profit. The money made will only be used to replenish inventory. The idea is simply to have something here in the west end of the U.P. available for acquiring good Catholic religious articles and gifts. We will certainly be open to anyone who would like to volunteer to help develop the store and/or work in it, once it is off the ground. Stay tuned for more details as we plan to have it open before I leave for the Honduras mission in June!
May the peace of Christ be with you always!