The birth of our daughter

It's with great joy that we announce the birth of our daughter, Gianna Luce Leonetti. She was born Wednesday, June 24th at 7:40am weighing 7lb and 2oz.

Gianna was born with a loud cry - much like that of her patron, St. John the Baptist, whose feast we celebrated yesterday.

As Catholics, we share in each other's sufferings. We also share in each other's joy.

Below is a picture of our joy.

Please join us in the short prayer of thanksgiving (below) and know of our prayers for each one of you reading this now. Thank you for your love.

Jesus, thank you. Thank you for the gift of life and the community of love. Amen!

You don't have to say a lot

Our parish church is where we spend our lives, day after day, week after week, year after year. It's where we go for life-changing celebrations and daily reassurances. More than anything, though, it's where we go to meet Jesus, fully present in the Eucharist.
This week, when approaching the altar to receive Our Lord, speak to him from your heart. Do your best not to be consumed with distraction (that's the hard part), and remember to thank him for this greatest of gifts when you return to your pew.

You don't have to say a lot––just be sincere.

God and Lego's

My two-year-old son's Lego creation fell apart the other day. Needless to say, he wasn't happy. And if there's anything I've learned as a father, it's this: when two-year-olds aren't happy, they cry.

"Fix it, daddy!" he cried.

And I did. (Save your applause.)

Have you ever been having a little trouble and thought, "God has more important things to worry about than this"? Yeah, I used to think that as well.

Then we had a son.

I love my son so much that I'll drop everything to fix his Lego castles. And I don't grumble. I'm happy to help.

God is big enough for your seemingly small pleas. He cares for you as you care for your own.

Today, give God the little things - he can help.

Even if

Where there is no forgiveness in your family, put forgiveness.

Even if no one understands.

Even if someone tries to talk you out of it.

Even if it hurts.