All of us know that summer doesn’t officially end until September 21st but, unofficially, the beginning of school is the de facto end of summer. School starts this week the carefree days of summer are followed by early mornings, homework, Fall sports and more scheduled days.
There is a constant motion to our years: season to season, year to year, decade after decade. And that constant motion of our days reflects the ups and downs of our interior lives. Saint Augustine, whose Feast day we celebrate this week, wrote more than fifteen hundred years ago a great truth: “Our hearts are restless until they rest in you, O Lord.” It is only when we finally rest in the Lord when our lives are over that we will truly find peace. But we can begin the experienced of resting in the Lord in this life through the practice of prayer.
As our days become more hectic and our lives become more restless, turn to prayer each day and find God who speaks to us in the silence. In prayer we find not only rest but healing as well.
This past weekend at Good Shepherd Church in Camp Hill, Bishop Gainer officially received Joe Gusherowski from our parish as a candidate for Holy Orders as a deacon of the Church. Joe has spent the last year in discerning with the diocese his call to the diaconate. With the bishop accepting him as a candidate, Joe now begins four more years of intensive training in moral and systematic theology, Church history, liturgy, homiletics, canon law, etc.
It is an amazing responsibility along with his duties as a husband and father along with his own daily work. Deacons play a very important role in the life of the Church and our prayers are with Joe as he prepares for this new and wonderful part of his life. “May God, who has begun this good work in you, bring it to completion.”
Classes are being set up, student lists printed, books readied for each - is YOUR child registered? No new registrations will be accepted on the first day of class, so make sure that your child's catechist has his/her name on their list to welcome on Sept. 11 and 14. Register TODAY at http://www.stjoanhershey.org/rep-registration.html
And the St. Joan of Arc coverage of the 2016 Olympics continues! Today the article we are sharing references nine (Yes, 9!) Olympians who are Alumni of Catholic Schools! You can read the article from The National Catholic Register on their website here
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