Jesus has has ascended to the Father and he has told us that we can do the works that he did and “will do greater ones than these.” It is interesting to hear these words at this time when we are getting ready to slow down our pace because summer is nearly here; however, these are encouraging words to remember as we live our Christian lives “in season and out of season.” Today’s Gospel tells us that Jesus prays for us: “I pray for them.” Jesus wants our day to day actions, words, and deeds to reject him and his nearness to us. Let’s remember that Jesus’ words are as valid and helpful to us today as they were to his early followers.

On Monday, we observe Memorial Day. At times it seems to get lost in the beginning of the summer season and in the sales that we see advertised. I am sure that each one of us has friends or relatives we would like to remember on this day who gave their lives during a war or conflict. We think of their families who have tried to move on with their lives without a loved one. Say a prayer for them today and say one frequently.

This summer we will being renovating the church elevator. We do not have a starting date yet, but the renovation may take 6 to 8 weeks and we won’t be able to use it during this time. The renovation will cost almost $120,000 but the elevator is 20 years old and breaks down frequently. We already have over $23,000 in donations, so we have a good start.

-Fr. Andrew Reitz, O.F.M