“For my yoke is easy and my burden light.” Today’s Gospel is Jesus’ invitation to those who are burdened to come to him and he will refresh you. While this is a wonderful invitation, we have to admit that sometimes we can be very stubborn and think that we have to carry our burdens alone. There are times when life can be too much and we feel the weight of everything. At other times, there maybe a number of difficulties that we are experiencing and we are tempted to throw up our hands and give up. Those are the times we need to remember these words of Jesus. Learning to “rest in the Lord” can be a blessing for us at anytime in our lives – good times or trying times.

We’re happy to welcome Fr. Jim Martin, S.J. this Thursday, July 13, who will speak about his latest book, Building a Bridge, about the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community. Fr. Martin is well known for his many books and articles in America magazine and other periodicals. This topic is important, and for all to be part of “building the bridge” is so important for our church. Here at St. Francis we are so happy to have an LGBT Ministry with such dedicated Catholics. All are invited to this evening of Fr. Martin. Copies of his book will be available for purchase.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 22, when our Filipino Community will be having their Second Filipino Festival. You don’t have to be Filipino to enjoy the wonderful food and culture that will be part of the day’s activities. Mark of your calendar and come early!

-Fr. Andrew Reitz, O.F.M.