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Fr. John Gerritts - June 17, 2018


This Sunday/ Monday we are sending over sixty youth and chaperones off to Extreme Faith Camp. Each summer the Diocese of Superior sponsors two weeklong summer camps geared for middle school youth. The kids have the opportunity to participate in a variety of summer camp activities such as fishing, canoeing, waterskiing, paintball, rifle and archery, crafts, and a variety of outdoor games. The campers also partake in Mass each day, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Eucharistic Adoration, the Rosary, listen to testimonials by college-age Catholic youth, and participate in small faith sharing groups.

While camp staff lead the outdoor activities, high school youth from our parish and the other participating parishes serve as mentors who lead the small groups. A Totus Tuus team from our Diocese (a group of college-age youth who travel throughout the Diocese during the summer leading weeklong retreats for youth) provide the testimonials and large group presentations. The younger priests of our Diocese, such as Father Patrick McConnell and Father Adam Laski, are present for the kids and provide the Sacraments. Adult chaperones help in a variety of ways, participate in the activities, and give Christian witness by their presence. Please pray this week for our participants’ safety, their growth in faith, and favorable weather. I will be with our group Monday through Wednesday.

Happy Father’s Day to all of our dads. American writer Mark Twain wrote in 1874 for the Atlantic Monthly: “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished how much he had learned is seven years.”

Remembering my own dad, my favorite story to share is when I was in sixth grade and President Jimmy Carter was elected president. On the day of his inauguration at dinner that evening my dad asked – as he always did – what had we done at school that day. I mentioned that our teacher, Mr. Pratt, had brought a television into the classroom and we watched the inauguration. I added that he also gave us peanuts to eat during the inauguration because, as I said to my dad, “Jimmy Carter was a peanut farmer.” To this my dad corrected me and said “It is President Carter; you refer to the president of the United States as ‘President’.”

My father was a staunch Republican. The summer before he died he was still participating in several parades supporting the local Republican State Representative. My father would criticize the Democrats’ policies, but always spoke with respect toward those who served in our local, state, or national governments. Whenever we saw someone such as our mayor, State Senator or Representative, my father always approached the individual with a handshake, thanked them for their service, and made sure to introduce his son to them – and made sure that his son respected them similarly. Thanks for the lesson in civics Dad!




 
           






















































THIS WEEK

Friday, June 15
8:00 AM Mass 

~ Saturday, June 16
8:00 AM Dust Busters
9:00 AM Music Rehearsal
10:00 AM Confessions
5:00 PM Mass 
6:00 PM Baptism

~ Sunday, June 17
8:30 AM Mass

10:30 AM Mass 
7:00 PM Mass 


~ Monday, June 18
8:00 AM Mass 
9:00 AM Bakery and Produce Giveaway

6:00 PM Boy Scouts

~Tuesday, June 19
8:00 AM Mass 
4:00 PM Extended Food Shelf Hours
6:00 PM Family Rosary


~ Wednesday, June 20
8:00 AM Liturgy of the Word 
10:00 AM Liturgy of the Word - CCH


~Thursday, June 21
6:45 AM Toastmasters
8:00 AM Mass
9:30 AM Small Group Faith Sharing
10:30 AM  Mass at Comforts of Home

~ Friday, June 22
8:00 AM Mass 
8:30 AM Bible Study
6:00 PM Wedding Rehearsal


~ Saturday, June 23
8:00 AM Dust Busters
10:00 AM Confessions
3:00 PM Wedding
5:00 PM Mass 
RCIA Discovery following Mass

~ Sunday, June 24
8:30 AM Mass

10:30 AM Mass 
7:00 PM Mass 
RCIA Discovery following Masses


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