“And who is my neighbor?” is the question asked by the scholar of the law to Jesus. The answer probably came as a surprise to this man because Jesus tells the story of the “good” Samaritan. Remember, there was a mutual hated between the Jews and the Samaritans and vice versa. Jesus chooses a Samaritan to be the hero of this story. What happens is familiar to us but to the scholar, there was much to think about because it involved a “good” Samaritan and this was a person who went out of his way for a stranger. Quite a response.

There are several ways to participate in the Commemorative Book that is being prepared for our 175th Anniversary. Check online for a flyer about the St. Francis Church 175 Anniversary Commemorative Book or look at the form that was included in the weekly bulletin (or pick up one in the lobby). There will be pages with family greetings, memorial pages, pages for ads, and a pet section. All sponsorships must be submitted before the end of this month.

Next May’s Pilgrimage to the Passion Play and Alpine Europe is full. There are still some openings for this November’s Pilgrimage to the Shrines of France. There are no more single rooms available, but rooms for two people are available. Information and registration forms are available at the Front Desk.

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