Centralia, Illinois

St. Mary School

From Father Steve

Beginning A New Journey. . .

As we approach the last Sunday of Easter, we are faced with moving on. It has been a busy few weeks around St. Mary and St. Lawrence Parishes. Next weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, as he leaves behind the disciples to continue to share his word through the Gospel. "Then he led them out as far as Bethany, raised his hands, and blessed them. As he blessed them, he parted from them and was taken up to heaven."

For me, it has never been easy saying goodbye. During my sixty-one years on Earth. God has graced my life with the love of many people. Those we encounter in our lives are part of the fabric that weaves together our journey on God's good Earth. This past Wednesday, St. Mary School, celebrated the graduation of four young men as they advanced to High School. Their roots are deeply planted at St. Mary School, and I ask you to join me and pray that God will continue to guide them.

I want to express my congratulations to our St. Mary and St. Lawrence parishioners, graduating this spring. Your parish family celebrates with you your joy! Be it Kindergarten, Junior High, High School, College, or University, never forget you have a home at St. Mary and St. Lawrence.

Jesus' ascension into heaven marks the end of a journey, but a new journey of faith and hope begins for all those who believe. "May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a Spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him." (Ephesians 1:17-23)

Blessings, Father Steve

Reverend Steven Pautler, Pastor



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