"Teach us how to pray..." (My weekly update)

A blessed Saturday, everyone! It's hard to believe the end of July is right around the corner, and perhaps you're like me in wondering where the summer went. We have much to be grateful for, and today is a great day to pause and reflect on the good things God is doing for us.

In Sunday's Gospel, we hear Jesus teaching his disciples about prayer. There is so very much to unpack in this passage, as well as in our other readings -- far too much to cover in a single homily or liturgy. Take some time to prayerfully read through our Sunday scriptures so you're better prepared to let them "sink in" at Mass.

Now, onto a few updates...

HAITI DINNER - THANK YOU! Thanks to everyone who took part in our dinner and festival last Saturday in support of our twin parish in Haiti. Our Men's Club and Sisters in Faith generously supported the Haiti Ministry in providing a fun evening for all involved. Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Haiti, especially the parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Seau D'Eau.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, WEEK 2: This week we hosted more than 60 little ones, from Pre-K through 2nd grade, for Vacation Bible School, as well as a tremendous number of volunteers. It was a joyful week with lots of activity and laughter filling the parish grounds. Next week we'll be hosting our older elementary school youth, and I anticipate even more fun and excitement for all involved. Thank you to everyone for making this experience such a blessing.

LET US PRAY: Sunday's Gospel features a slightly different version of the Our Father, one of the most familiar prayers in the Christian Tradition. Let's take a moment and pray the common form, reflecting intentionally on each line:

Our Father,

who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread

and forgive us our trespasses

as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.