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Today we remember the tragic events of the terrorist attacks on our country in 2001. Thankfully, news of terrorism has diminished greatly in recent times. Please join me in prayer for all those who died and for the first responders who gave themselves so bravely in service to the dead and wounded. Please join me in our prayer for our military who continue to protect us from enemies unseen. Our patron, Saint Francis, was a great example of peace-making. Let us pray today the Prayer for Peace attributed to him that we might grow

together in peace — especially with our enemies.

Our parish staff enjoyed a stewardship retreat in Colorado Springs last week. Each took away insights into their personal ministry and offered advice to grow the entire parish. Stewardship is a lot more than money. It is living the life of a disciple of Jesus in gratitude for the all the gifts that God has given us. We are looking to partner with Catholic Stewardship Consultants in a greater effort to increase our time, talent, and treasure with the Lord and for each other.

Both Father Chance and I joined the Douglas County Pastor’s Roundtable and participated in a spirited discussion on ministry to the homeless in our community. We are so blessed to have Father Chance with us since he brings a lot of experience from his successful ministry to the homeless in San Diego. Working together as Christians with our local government, I am hopeful that we can assist our homeless brothers and sisters to get the help that they need.

This weekend, we are beginning a month-long count of attendance at our weekend Masses. Our Pastoral Council asked for this to be an annual count. If you see one of our hospitality ministers clicking away at the front door, you know what he or she is doing. Please invite your friends, family, and anyone you know who has left the church to come back with you.

We have plenty of room to grow!

Finally, spread the word and join us at our parish picnic next Sunday afternoon! Let’s relax, enjoy, and celebrate our love for the Lord, Saint Francis, and each other!

Rev. Mark Zacker


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