FROM THE TEMPORARY PAROCHIAL ADMINISTRATOR'S DESK
I can finally announce where I will be pursuing my psychology studies. It is a place called the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, and it is part of Divine Mercy University in Arlington, VA.
I am pleased to announce that Deacon James Leggett has renewed his covenant with our parish for another three years. We are so blessed and thankful for his ministry among us. Please remember to thank God for the ministry of both our deacons and to pray for the continued fruitfulness of their work.
Finally, we as a country are horrified by the act of terror in Orlando last Sunday. Among other things, our response as Catholics must be to pray for the victims, for their families, friends, and all harmed by the violence. Because of the multiplying examples of perverse religion, people will suggest incorrectly that all religion is to blame and will propose to craft peace based upon the defiance of God’s revealed will. This would truly be a house built on sand. As if godlessness could deliver peace to a world made by God! True religion is the answer to false religion. The path to true peace is to order our lives, our families, and our civic institutions in concord and harmony with the Reign of Christ, our King and Prince of Peace, and to work eagerly, each in our own way, for the conversion of the world to the Gospel. In the end, we are assured that if we work diligently and faithfully and appeal to the gracious intercession of Our Lady, the Queen of Peace, her Immaculate Heart will triumph. May God show His goodness to all victims of terrorism, and may He reestablish us on the steadfast rock of His word.
FR. KEVIN BARNEKOW
FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK
I’m happy to share the news that Mary Sue Taft has been selected as our new Trustee. She is succeeding Bill Kelly and will begin her term of office on July 1. Join me in thanking Bill for his years of generous service and welcoming Mary Sue to this important role.
This is my last weekend at the parish until I return from Canon Law summer school at the end of July. Thus, this is my last column for a while. In preparing to leave for two months, there are certainly mixed feelings. It will be interesting to go back to school, but I will surely miss being here. While I’ll be away from the office, this will still be a very busy summer. There is a lot to learn in a short period of time. Let’s be sure to pray for each other.
During my absence, I’ll be checking my email only occasionally. However, I’ll look in my mailbox every day. Should you care to write, feel free to contact me at:
Rev. Aaron J. Esch
Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land
1400 Quincy Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20017
If all goes as planned, I’ll look forward to seeing you all at the Parish Feast Day celebration on Sunday, July 31. Until then…have a wonderful summer!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
-Fr. Aaron Esch