Dear Sacred Heart Family!
I had a great vacation but it is good to be back home! The floor renovations in the Church are moving along well.
It is hard to believe that it is already August. This is the time of summer when we realize we are in the waning days of vacation and there is a collective realization that we need to begin gearing up for the coming school year. While I can’t speak for our students I can say that I am excited for the school year. (The fact that I am no longer in school helps my excitement!). Concurrent with the school year many of our various ministries pick back up at both of our parishes.
In this time of transition the challenge is to enter into it well. One of the great pieces of advice I have received was to take a moment like this before a new period starts and to surrender and consecrate it to Jesus ahead of time. To simply pray, “Jesus I consecrate this new school year, this season of football, this time of preparation for first communion, etc, to You. Please help me do all of this for your honor and glory. Help me be open to the people I will meet and the graces you want to give me.” Make the prayer specific to you and what the year will bring. Even if your life is going to continue on in what feels like the same old rut make it new by consecrating it again.
Paul wrote to the Colossians “And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17). If we do this we give the Lord full permission to be involved in every aspect of our coming year and it can be help remove anxiety, fear, and stress. On another level this can be a way to a powerful way to take things out of our hands that we can’t control anyway and instead entrust it to God and His will. Jesus, we consecrate this coming year at Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s to You!