First off, I want to thank everyone for reading this column! I’ve had several comments on the column in these past few weeks, and I feel the need to say thank you! So this column will be a little different. I’ve had a few people ask me what our next trip is, and how they can support it. I also have a few other updates I feel the need to share so here we go!

To begin, our next mission trip will take place from April 17th to 22nd in Long Branch, NJ. This trip was really a memorable moment for everyone involved last year, and we hope to build on that momentum! This trip is for both adults and young adults, so if you are interested please talk with Catherine, Father Carmichael or myself! If you can’t attend the trip, you could always support us in a fundraiser, and in prayer. We need all the prayers we can get!

We have our annual SOUPER Bowl Fundraiser, with all of the proceeds going towards the mission program. These funds will give us the opportunity to continue running these trips and forming adults and teens! All of the details are in the bulletin, and it even includes a soup contest. All for a great cause 🙂 I thank you for your support.

I also want to thank the anonymous donor that felt the need to go above and beyond. Last week, I heard about a couple that donated two sleeping bags for Jerome and Becky!! Wow, what amazing generosity. So, in light of that generosity, after I received the sleeping bags, I went to Boston with my brother to deliver them. With the delivery I have good and bad news: the bad news is Jerome and Becky weren’t in their spot near the Haymarket T Station, so I couldn’t deliver the sleeping bags to them, or any other people who are homeless in the area. That flows into the good news, which was they were off the street on a very cold and frigid evening in Boston. I’m hopeful that the city of Boston takes the homeless off the street during these cold nights to avoid any risk to health for these beautiful individuals. Regardless of that news, I hope we can still deliver those sleeping bags! I do thank our parishioners for thinking and acting beyond our own lives into the life of another in need. Even now, I am still in awe of this generosity, and I want to thank you for taking part in this mission with me. Every little action goes a long way into eternity! I certainly believe in that.

I am all about the small things. Doing small actions with great love, as Mother Teresa would say. I know there are always MORE small actions I could be taking part in. I invite you to look beyond the temptation of, “Oh that small thing won’t matter. That’s a waste of time” and instead do the small action, and do it with great love.