Happy 4th of July!

July 4th is here!  Definitely in our summer season here at Immaculate Conception!  As we have continued our prayer for peace, peace in the World, for persecuted Christians, in our Nation and in our Homes, we must continue to pray for our nation especially on this July 4th.  We remember those who have sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy.  We must also be mindful to continually be on guard to defend those freedoms we enjoy, namely freedom of expression and freedom of religion.  The Church has for a few years now continued its Fortnight for Freedom which culminates on the 4th of July.  We might pray in a special way for our nation’s leaders that they continue to be open to the movement of the Holy Spirit and work towards peace and justice in our great land.  At the current moment, there are various divisions and factions but we must continue our fervent prayer that our great country might be united for the common good of all and continue to safeguard the freedoms we enjoy.  God bless you and God bless America!

Stewardship

As we celebrate the summer here at Immaculate Conception, hopefully it is a time to reflect on how blessed we are as a parish family and individually with the gifts and graces God has bestowed on us.  We look at the beauty of nature around us, the beauty of our families, and the ability to spend time with one another.  All of these are gifts from God.  In recognition of the blessings God has bestowed on us, we are called to be responsible stewards of His gifts!  We do that with our talents, our time and our resources.  We also do that as a parish, sharing our resources with those in need, helping everyone to grow in holiness and growing in our relationship with God, one another and ourself.  We also do that on a wider scale with the Catholic Ministries Appeal which helps many more throughout our diocese.  As always thank you for your generosity towards the Parish and the Diocese as we continue to be good stewards of God’s gifts to us.  For now, we continue our walk with the Lord.