Annual Mission Co-op Appeal.- Father Julio Rodriguez will speaking at all Masses this weekend describing the work of and requesting support for his society, the Missionary Fraternity of Mary of Guatemala. He has been invited to our parish by the mission office of our Diocese.
Begun in 1981 as a youth ministry with seven young men, the Fraternity was subsequently established as a Society for Apostolic Life in 1990. Since then it has grown to over 150 ordained priests serving 64 missions in 31 dioceses in 11 countries. Currently there are approximately 100 seminarians in various stages of formation at the seminary in Guatemala. Fraternity mission sites are established where there are no clergy available to fulfill pastoral needs, in difficult economic areas, and among the poor and marginalized. Fraternity priests also evangelize youth, taking young men and women on a faith journey to develop their spiritual lives and strengthen their Catholic faith to help them positively impact the community of village in which they live. Please welcome Father Julio and be as generous as you can be in support of the work of the Fraternity. Website www.missionaryfraternityofmary.org
Condolences to Al and Carol Otte on the death of their son David. We are sorry for their loss. May he rest in peace. Funeral Mass with cremains will be at St. Joe's 11 am on June 30th. Visitation at 10 am before Mass.
On "Vacation." - I will be gone beginning Sunday June 25th for a few days of undeserved but much needed rest. I quoted the word "vacation" because my mom is having minor surgery so I'll be taking care of her for a few days in Madison. I'll be back Friday June 30th to celebrate David Otte's funeral in Waterloo.
Wedding.- congratulations to John Paul & Laura Harris (Chadwick, of Marshall) on their wedding celebrated in Marshall Saturday June 17th. May they have a happy long lasting life together in joy surrounded by children.
Youth Activity.- High schoolers and recent high school grads! join us for an evening of fun and faith on Wednesday June 28th in Waterloo at 6:30pm for a game of capture the flag. Food will be provided!
Seminarian for the year! We are very excited that Holy Family Parish has been designated as a "Teaching Parish" for seminarians. We are getting a seminarian who will be with us on the weekends during the school year for four years, while he studies to be a priest. This is a privilage and we are happy to do that. Our seminarian's name is Christian Lozada. He's originally from Colombia (South America) and he is entering nto his first year of studies at St. Francis de Sales Seminary in Milwaukee studying for the Diocese of Madison. Christian will be here to meet his teaching parish the weekend of July 9th. Please welcome Christian into our parish!