When we left Jackson Sunday morning, the skys were clear, and the Tetons were visible once again in all their beauty. I believe the analogy here is that just as it is impossible to never tire of the beauty of these mountains, so we will neve tire of gazing upon the Beauty of God for all of eternity.
The first stop on Sunday was Alpine, a small town in Star Valley, just north of Thayne where we dedicated a new church last June. I had the opportunity to visit with one of our permanent deacons and his wife.
From Alpine, we made our way to Pinedale for the evening celebration. The people were flowing out the doors of the church it was so full. Between the group from St. Anne in Big Piney and from Our Lady of Peace in Pinedale, we had more than a full house. Thank goodness it was a lovely evening weather wise.
There were three Baptisms, two received into Full Communion, and thirty one Confirmations. As the picture reveals, many Hispanics are finding a home in Wyoming. Most of this group came from St. Anne in Big Piney.
More and more, I preach in these celebrations about how much our Church needs our youth. We need their energy, their faith, their witness to their peers. I pray they are courageous in their relationship with Jesus Christ. I pray they are strong in holding to the truths of the Gospel in the face of so many false messages and ways of life in our world today. I pray they faithfully and regularly receive the sacraments of the Church and are generous in sharing their gifts in ministry to the Church.