Of many things…

If you remember, Conor Sullivan is a seminarian for the St. Louis Archdiocese who was assigned here last summer. He is preparing to be ordained to the Diaconate. He sent me the following ‘open invitation’ to all of you. He and his family “invite you all to join in prayer for Conor, and to celebrate this happy occasion with him at his ordination at 10am on May 4th at the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica. That same evening, he will deliver his first homily at the 5 PM mass at Our Lady of Lourdes in Washington, MO. Everyone is welcome to a dinner reception in the parish hall, following the Mass. This is an open invitation and no RSVP is necessary. We offer to the Lord praise and thanksgiving for the gift of Holy Orders, and we pray for an increase in holy vocations for the Church.” So we do just that – give thanks to God for another servant in the church and ask for the Holy Spirit to continue to guide him on his journey toward priesthood.

Today we also celebrate a milestone in the life of our school/parish community. Estella Bahan, Ethan and Olivia Bulard, Alex Lawrence, Audrey Quinlisk, and Josh Rice will join us at the table of the Lord’s Sup-per for the first time at the 11 am mass. They have been preparing their hearts, praying, practicing and doing all they can to be ready to receive our Lord in that great gift of communion with Him. Their reverence as they practice and the wonder in their eyes as they will receive the Lord for the first time always gives me pause to realize what I am so privileged EACH time I approach the altar. May this weekend find each of us increasing our devotion to our Lord, and our appreciation of this gift of gifts – our Eucharistic Lord.

It is two weeks before our Sponsor’s Dinner Dance – our biggest single fundraiser for the School and Parish. The donations have been coming in by a steady stream this week. Thanks so much to all who have been so thoughtful in providing wonderful items for the rest of us to bid on, as we support a great cause. Alan Zagurski once more is donating his time and equipment to help get the floors into amazing shape for the celebration. If you have any time this coming Thursday at 3:00-4:30pm, Friday, April 19 at 9 am and again at 5 pm, and Saturday, April 20 – at 9 am, just come on by. Or give Alan or Pat Marstall a call to let them know when you can join us. Thanks for your help and I hope to see you on the 27th at the Sponsor’s Dinner Dance….