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July 17: From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

It is difficult to believe that we are already halfway through the month of July and thus of the summer – I do hope that you are able to take some time to slow down, relax, and enjoy this warm and beautiful time of the year. My first crop of strawberries was pretty good, despite the abundance of rain and little bit of warm weather. They are supposed to be ever-bearing plants but seem to be in a resting stage at the present moment. My herbs are growing well and of course my favorite, BASIL, is starting to take off and thus provide a good amount for cooking and enjoyment. Enjoy and savor the days of summer because we all know that we will most probably have a harsh, cold, and snowy winter ahead of us.

The Sisters’ convent and old motherhouse is now a thing of the past and we join with them in mourning the passing of this long-time icon on Bay Settlement Road. The new landscape and view has taken a bit to get used to, but as with other changes in this ever changing world, we soon grow accustomed to that which is new. While we do not know what the future will bring, we continue to place ourselves in the hands of God.

One of my long-time favorite Latin expressions is “Deus Providebit!” which translated means “God will provide!” This expression has proven often to be “so true” that I find myself using it more and more. So very often we find ourselves worrying about this or worrying about that, frequently in matters over which we have no control. “Deus Providebit” can be a wonderful profession of our faith and trust in our Heavenly Father, who will, has continually, and wonderfully provides for us and our needs.

Oremus pro invicem,
Fr. Tom

Related link: 7.17.11 Church Bulletin

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