Love Drives Out Hate

Dear Friends,

Once again, I offer heartfelt thanks to all those who participated in the video well wishes, the drive-by car parade, the on-line well wishes, sent cards, gifts, goodies and of course the Italian home cooked dinner to celebrate my decade changing birthday last weekend. It was a truly enjoyable and remarkable day and celebration. May God bless and reward all of you for such kindness! I am truly grateful and touched very deeply.

We have moved into August and it seems that the summer calendar is picking up steam. There are lots of preparations underway for the start of school and on the parish side, thinking about what it will be like in the Fall for Masses, Sacraments, parish groups meeting in person or virtually and on and on. It is so hard to know or to predict but we are attentive to trying to do whatever we are able.

In this month, on Wednesday, August 19, 7 pm, we are hosting a Prayer Vigil for Equality, Unity and Hope. We have watched in horror as human life is taken over and again so senselessly. Peaceful protests meant to bring about change have been overtaken by radical elements with other agendas, enflaming passions.

We seek an end to racism, bigotry and indifference once for all. We desire to pray together, to seek dialogue and open communication, to work for the protection and respect of human life. We turn to Jesus Christ who laid down His life for each and every one of us, and ask His mercy, compassion, conversion and help in our need.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do

that.” These words of Martin Luther King, Jr. echo the biblical Faith that we have received and seek to live and to pass on. Come and join Monsignor Fred Britto, Reverend Jeffrey Harley and our parish family in praying for equality, unity and hope in this critical moment. The service will be lived stream as well. Check the bulletin, website and social media for more details and information.

We hold fast to the words of Saint Paul, our second reading this weekend, “…What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.”

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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