It's a funny thing how people deal with times of stress and grief. I learned a lot from a friend/co-worker who, due to her job, was usually surrounded by a lot of stress. When things got bad she would maintain a certain posture of perfection as she would sit behind her all too perfectly coiffed desk. I noticed that she would take all her colored pens and line them up in front of her like little soldiers ready to march off to war. I asked her "what are you doing with those pens?" She said "well when everything else is out of control I figure at least I can keep my pens straight." We broke up laughing and I went away with an important lesson of life I hold onto during times when I can't control what's going on around me. So I decided to straighten up my pens and give you a few summer updates of what is going on in our parish:
+Fr. John Cella, OFM (Director of Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs) will be with us at all Masses this weekend so that we might share in the vision of St. Francis of Assisi and help support missionary efforts throughout the world.
+Pray for our young children and volunteers who will be gathering for Catholic Mission Camp (a.k.a. Vacation Bible School). They will be camping out with the Holy Spirit for five mornings of praise and fun. May they help lead us closer to the Spirit's promptings!
+Our new school roof is almost complete. If you recall the proceeds from our last Thrive and Drive car raffle raised over $30,000 to help pay half of the roof. Many thanks for those who continue to support our school efforts. Also, even though the back driveway potholes have been filled, we are waiting to have the entire parking lot maintained with a sealcoat, which will be done next month.
+Even though I have written about it before, I want to remind you about the availability of receiving Low-Gluten Hosts. For Catholics with celiac disease, the most painful aspect of living on a strict gluten free diet is the inability to receive the Consecrated Host at Holy Communion. As Catholics, we know Holy Eucharist is the Source and Summit of our lives. To be suddenly denied this by virtue of having celiac disease is devastating to many Catholics. Over the past few years, the use of low-gluten hosts have been approved (.01%) for use during consecration. This does not necessarily mean it is 100% safe for everyone with extreme celiac disease, but it is a solution for so many. If your doctor approves (.01%), please know that the presiding priest who is distributing Holy Communion has a special pyx (Communion container) with the low-gluten Hosts. Feel free to talk to either Fr. Thomas or myself if you need more information. As a final note, it is important to recall that through the doctrine of concomitance, the Church teaches that under either species of consecrated Bread or Wine, the whole of Christ is received (cf. GIRM, no.282; CCC, no.1390). PAX, Fr. Bline (Happy 8th Birthday to my nephew Rory Michael)