The last weekend of winter brought Fr. Scott Daniels to one of his new favorite places, Northern California. Specifically, Fr. Scott visited St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Stockton for a Pro-Life Parish Weekend.
After driving past miles of walnut, cherry, and olive groves and, of course, vineyards, from the Sacramento airport to Stockton, Fr. Scott settled in a St. Michael’s. That evening he participated in the Stations of the Cross and spoke at the Parish dinner. Saturday morning he gave a two-hour presentation to an audience of 100 on Priests for Life’s mission, with portions focusing on statistics, political responsibility, the Imago Dei, and “the precious giftedness of each human person.” He also stressed that without the right to life, other social justice issues have no meaning.
That same afternoon, Fr. Scott gave another two-hour talk to the Parish’s youth. He emphasized that each one of them is unique, unrepeatable, and can “realize concretely something of God which no other human being can possibly realize.”
Fr. Scott’s Sunday was filled by preaching on the Prodigal Son at all three Masses, visiting the Gold Rush towns of the Sierra Nevada foothills, and dining on corned beef and cabbage at the Parish’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner.