Dear Parish Family,
God’s many blessings to you on this beautiful weekend in June. It has been delightful having the smells of lilacs and backyard BBQs, and the sounds of lawn mowers and robins in the air. It is a great time for sports and cycling and swimming pools as well. I hope that, like me, you are able, despite any busyness, to enjoy this special time of year. Maybe I might even cross paths with you at the local Dairy Queen some evening in the near future, or on the bike paths with a brave brother priest on my tandem bike!
There are many activities and events this time of year, including graduation ceremonies. Congratulations to all of our graduates from Grades 6, 8 and 12. May you rejoice in your accomplishments, and be blessed by God’s grace in the new things to come.
Special thanks to John Sheridan and the Knights of Columbus, Mary Ellen Yeldon and the CWL, and to all who made the Golf Tournament and Steak dinner a great fundraising success for the parish, as well as a good time had by all who attended.
Also, special thanks to those who made the parish picnic at the park a wonderful experience for parishioners young and old. Fr. Lawrence and I tried to win the three-legged race, but we now know why God didn’t make us with three legs. We couldn’t have asked for better weather on Saturday and Sunday, and it made for a blessed and prayerful Eucharistic Procession. I trust that the Glory of God was gracing our neighbourhood and all who witnessed our public display of adoration.
There are a lot of ministries in our parish, and Fr. Lawrence and I really want to make sure that they can thrive in service of God and of our parish community. Last Thursday evening, it was great to formally gather with ministry leaders in our parish, to affirm and thank them for all that they do for our parish. Also, it afforded an opportunity to formally introduce Melody Dowling, our Coordinator of Parish Ministries. I know that she will be a very welcome presence in our staff and parish life.
Finally, to continue to grow in our leadership skills, much of the staff will be going to Halifax to the Divine Renovation Conference. In light of this, the office will only be open on Thursday and Friday mornings after Mass. Fr. Lawrence, Marcus and myself will remain in Halifax until Friday evening to visit our brother priests who are there. We have made arrangements for visiting priests to celebrate daily Masses from Tuesday to Friday of this week.
Blessings to you all, in Christ Jesus our Lord,
– Fr. Tim Devine, Pastor of St. Maurice Parish