As we celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday, we pray with Psalm 23, which reminds us that the Lord will lead us and shepherd us through verdant pastures. When I hear of verdant pastures I can’t help but think of golf! Sometimes my best prayer and thoughts can be found on the golf course. Many difficulties and issues can be solved after 9 holes of golf.
As a parish, be mindful of the St. Francis Golf League that is starting May 2 at Chenoweth Golf Course. We will be golfing every Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. until Labor Day. This is a great way to get to know parishioners. Please contact Dominic Rizzo Jr. at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Another exciting golf opportunity is the St. Francis CYO Golf Outing on May 20 at 8:00 a.m. at Mayfair Country Club. This outing was a great success last year and we are hoping it will continue to be. This outing will not only benefit CYO sports, but also help to meet the needs of our Drama Club. We will have skill prizes too! Here is the link to sign up https://e.givesmart. com/events/wj2/. You can also call the office for more information.
Pray for our 2nd graders who will receive First Communion on May 6. When we had our First Communion Retreat, it was very evident that they were eager to receive Jesus in the Eucharist. I am so happy they are able to and that their parents are committed to bringing them each Sunday so that God can give them what they need to thrive!
On the same day, and just one hour earlier, Andy Davis will be celebrating his ordination to the Order of Deacon for the Diocese of Cleveland. It has been a joy to serve with him this past year. He has truly enriched this parish. I look forward to the many ways Andy will bless parish life wherever he is assigned. Please pray for him in a special way this week as he prepares for this exciting day. Know that you can attend his Ordination on Saturday or Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Vincent de Paul Parish on Sunday, May 7 at 8:30 a.m. God bless you, Andy, and all the good work you do!
May your drives be long and straight, may your putts be short and true,
and, may there ever be a bit of green grass under every lie.