Getting Ready to Travel


A few weeks ago a call went out to our parish to see if anyone wanted to travel to San Juan, TX as part of a pilgrimage/service trip sponsored by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen alongside Sr. Norma and her working with the influx of refugees at the US/Mexico border. The response was overwhelming. An hour later, a group of five St. Joe's parishioners and the director of the Diocesan Office of Family Life were tapped to travel. On Wednesday morning (very early morning) our group will travel to San Juan, Texas and meet up with other pilgrims from the Diocese of Camden. 

It's our intention to be able to tell the stories that we hear and experience as we meet people literally on the front lines. It is our hope that their stories and ours inspire not only us but those praying for us and those that hear them open their hearts and minds to the plight of the refugees. 

We do have a request - please keep us in your prayers this week. No matter what side of the discussion you are on - open borders, closed borders - we ask that you keep each of us travelers, and each and every refugee in your prayers. At the end of the day, we are talking about children of the same creator, a loving and caring God who asks us a simple question: "Do you love me? Take care of my sheep. " 

If you wish to follow our journey, we'll be posting to this page and to our personal Twitter and Facebook accounts. To follow me, please follow @caldosauce on Twitter/Facebook and Instagram.

Peace, my friends.


When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”

He then said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”

He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” [Jesus] said to him, “Feed my sheep.

Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”

He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”
— John 21