We have just celebrated the Ascension of Jesus this past week, and we heard him say that he would not leave his followers orphaned. Jesus was aware of the strengths and weaknesses of his original band of followers, and knew that they would need a strong dedication if his “good news” were to go out to all the nations. He prays in today’s Gospel that “all may be one.” They were not orphaned, but had an abiding connection with Him and the Father, and as the Father and Jesus were one, his followers were invited to be part of that Oneness. This would be the source of their strength and dedication wherever they went and in whatever circumstances they found themselves. We know, indeed, that the message reached the corners of the earth. This isn’t just a message about the past, but we have been invited to be part of that union between Jesus and the Father. Us, you and me!

Congratulations to Br. Abraham Joseph, O.F.M., who was recently ordained to the diaconate in Chicago. Abraham is one of our parishioners who joined the Franciscans several years ago, made his solemn vows last summer, and is moving along toward priestly ordination. Best wishes and prayers, Abraham!

Many have asked if the Pilgrimage to France this November and the Pilgrimage to the Passion Play and Alpine Europe in May 2020 still have openings. The Pilgrimage to France has ten openings and the Passion Play Pilgrimage has five. Brochures and registration forms for each Pilgrimage are available at the Reception Desk, so don’t wait to sign up.

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