My Dear Parishioners,
This weekend, the Church celebrates the great solemnity of Pentecost Sunday. This day recalls when the promised gift of the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples & Our Lady in the form of countless tongues of fire as they were gathered in fear in the Upper Room. Strengthened with the outpouring of this great gift, they then went forth into the world, boldly & unafraid, to proclaim the Good News of the Risen Christ. Because of this great event, this day is often referred to as the “Birthday of the Church.” May today’s celebration renew the gift of the Holy Spirit within our hearts so that we too may never fear to proclaim the Good News of Christ to others in our lives.
Last Monday, we celebrated our Annual Parish May Procession. It was a beautiful evening weather wise, & a beautiful celebration. I was so edified by how many people turned out & was especially grateful for the participation of all of our young children. Many thanks to all who helped plan this event, as well as the ice-cream social that followed. May our Lady continue to intercede for our parish & through her intercession may you & your families continue to be blessed.
This past Wednesday, my seminary classmates & I gathered together to celebrate our anniversary of ordination to the Priesthood. It seems hard to believe that it has been 20 years! Please continue to pray for all priests & in a special way for an increase in vocations to the Priesthood.
This Sunday, we will have our Annual Pancake Breakfast sponsored by our Knights of Columbus. All are invited to Assumption Hall from 7:30 AM to 2 PM for a delicious breakfast. A free-will offering will be taken & all proceeds will benefit our parish.
Speaking of “birthdays”, this Sunday
(May 20th) I celebrate my 51st birthday. It was exactly one year ago, when I turned the “big 50”, that Archbishop Chaput gave me my assignment to come here to OLA. I thanked him & told him that this was such a wonderful birthday gift. Truly, I am grateful for the gift of being your pastor. Please continue to pray for me & be assured of my continued prayers for all of you!
Love and prayers,