The Feast of Pentecost is one that should give us great hope and enthusiasm for the living of the faith in the face of difficulty. One of the titles for the Holy Spirit is the Consoler. What an inspiration to know that God has this nickname which describes He Himself granting us His consolation! This is why it is a work of mercy to console the grieving. This week I received a lovely note from the Frasher family expressing gratitude for how our parish family consoled them when they lost their son recently. It is included in the bulletin today, and how fitting that we console one another in the Holy Spirit.
Additionally this week, we are announcing a hire that has been in the work since before the Corona upended our lives: our new assistant youth minister, Ian Heisler! He is a recent graduate of Christendom College and we are overjoyed to bring him onto staff beginning next weekend. As youth ministry slowly starts to get up to speed, he will have a few more of those “as assigned by pastor” tasks, but we are excited to have him coming on board!
And bummer, next weekend was to have been our parish picnic…. God willing we will find creative ways to celebrate together once we are able to circulate more freely.
Finally, we have been waiting with bated breath (or masked faces) for instructions from the Gov/CDC on what Phase Two will entail. Please be aware that we are doing our best to communicate what changes will result as soon as we know what the parameters are for our being able to gather safely. I do expect that we will have more information before next weekend…. so be aware that it could cause us to pivot as pertains to Mass times and/or locations.
Pax et bonum,
Fr. John Mosimann