Dear Parishioners,

There was a little girl named Barbara. Every day at noon time she shouted and jumped for joy when her mother came home from work for her lunch break. Her mother would pick her up at the neighbor's. They'd hurry home, eat lunch and play together. But Barbara would always cry when she went back to the neighbor's house when her mother would go back to work.

One day, Barbara's mother stopped coming home for lunch. Barbara was sad and wondered why her mother stopped coming home to eat and play with her. Barbara's mother, however, was still coming home at noon. She would sit at her kitchen window, eat her lunch and watch Barbara play in her neighbor's yard.

Barbara's mother wanted to go to the neighbor's and see Barbara, but it was for her own good they she didn't. Years later, after Barbara had grown up, she learned that her mother still used to go home every day at noon. Barbara also realized that it was for her own good that her mother stopped going to see her.

In the Catholic Church, we celebrate that Jesus has ascended to the Father and left his disciples. Jesus taught the disciples his message of love. Jesus left the disciples to continue to teach this message.

Jesus' teaching has been passed down for more than two thousand years. It's our turn, now, to teach his message of love. As we listen to the words Jesus taught us and follow his example, then we, like the disciples, will pass on Jesus' message of love.

Sincerely in Christ,
Father Dominick