Summer is Here!

Dear Friends,

There is a saying that I’m sure we have all heard ~ “when you get to the fourth of July, summer is half over.” Why is it that the longer, warmer days of the year seem to fly by so quickly? I pray that all of you will have the opportunity for some rest and relaxation before summer ends and the Labor Day weekend gets here.

Our Bible Camp whose theme was “Roar” was very popular and went very well. Thank you to Matt Kirsch and his team of adult and high school age helpers who took such good care of our youngsters and led them through enjoyable activities to a deeper appreciation of God’s love for them. Our second Take the Plunge, program of religious instruction was also very popular. Thanks to Teri Lahey and the teachers who helped our young students grow in the knowledge of their faith and to experience God’s goodness in so many different ways.

While acknowledging our many dedicated staff and volunteers, we also extend deep gratitude to our parents who are ensuring their children

wonderful opportunities to grow and experience the graces of our loving Lord within our parish family of Saint Eleanor. Our efforts as a parish family are focused on being disciples, helping each other to be more passionate disciples and on helping others become disciples.

This is what we pray for in our parish prayer and why we pray it repeatedly: Heavenly Father, You have gathered us together as a parish to be Your visible life in our world. Here we unite in worship, proclaim Your word, celebrate the Eucharist, and are sent forth to share Your love and make disciples. Lord, we take your Great Commission seriously and long for our Parish to be so on-fire that we draw people to You. Help us in that endeavor, as we strive to work together – ordained, religious and laity. Please make our parish amazing, through Your power and Your grace. Amen.

As we hear this weekend, Jesus sends out the seventy-two to towns and places He intended to visit to announce, “The kingdom of God is at hand for you.” And then, “The seventy-two returned rejoicing, and said, ‘Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.’” In this, we see the power of Jesus’ name. It is the same power that comes to us in His Sacraments. He moves us by grace to become all God has created us to be and to be disciple-making disciples.

Never underestimate the power of Jesus, the power of His name. Call upon Him, pray His name with devotion, invoke Him day in and day out. Avail yourself of the Sacraments, so by your surrender to His grace, His life will live in and through you.

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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