Today wrapped up my parish visits to Our Lady of Peace and St. Anne.  The day began early with Mass at Our Lady of Peace at 8:00.  After Mass, I had a chance to say goodbye to the many families that came.  Sunday Mass is well attended as the Relgious Education classes follow Mass.

After Mass, we loaded up and headed for St. Anne in Big Piney.  If I had to guess, I would say the church of St. Anne is one of several churches we have throughout the state built by the Catholic Extension Society.  It is their classic model, pictured here.

The Church was packed.  As you can see from the picture, there are many young families, and a good number of families from Mexico.  They all bring a good spirit to the parish, and we had a marvelous celebration of the Eucharist.  As with so much of the state, this particular area is heavily populated by workers in the oil and gas fields.  On my trip leaving Big Piney along Hwy 351, there were many working wells between Big Piney and Farson.

Once again, a marvelous meal followed the Mass.  As this was my first visit to St. Anne, the people prepared a beautiful spiritual bouquet, which is great, as the bishop always needs many prayers to fulfill his ministry.  It is nice to know so many people pray for me, as that is one of my primary duties, to pray for the People of God entrusted to my care, as well as for the Church universal.

It has been a great couple of days!  Thanks, to all the good people in Pinedale, Big Piney and LaBarge for giving me such a warm welcomed, but especially for your strong faith.  Keep up the good work, of know of your Bishop’s love and prayers.

God bless, one and all,