Happy Labor Day Weekend, the unofficial end to summer. If you are looking for something to do, I would recommend the Mama Ruth Picnic in Ruth, Michigan in the thumb. It’s an old fashioned parish picnic that they’ve been holding for over 80 years. They feature an all-you-can-eat chicken dinner, a beer tent, polka music all afternoon, a car show, a craft sale, games and a petting zoo for kids, a cornhole tournament, raffles, blackjack games, and ice cream. It’s a nice drive in the countryside. It’s about an hour east of Saginaw and then a half hour north. I usually go on M-81, but you can also take M-46. About 4,000 people come to Ruth that day. I was pastor there for six years and I try to attend every year.
In talking over the upcoming elementary Faith Formation program with Amy Dupuis and the predicted low number of students, I have made the decision for our children to attend the Faith Formation program at St. Dominic Parish at the St. Stephen site. I think students are more motivated to learn about their faith when there are more of them in the classroom together. About five parishes currently send their students there, including Christ the Good Shepherd and St. Thomas Aquinas, Holy Family, and St. Mary’s Cathedral. This is a move that has be talked about for several years. From my experience, the families have found it a good experience for their children.
Speaking of Children, I hope the upcoming school year will go well for you. May God bless your efforts to learn and develop your God-given talents.