June 10th through the 14th Mary Kay Ryan put on her last Vacation Bible School. It was fun to watch the kids get into the whole process and interesting to see how much they learned in that amount of time. Many people come together to make this event happen. I am grateful to all of the volunteers. You could tell by Friday that everyone, child and volunteer, were tired but glad to be there. This week is Mary Kay’s last week on the job. There will be a reception for her after the 10:30 mass this Sunday (June 23rd). Everyone is invited back to thank Mary Kay for her ministry to our parish. She has been a blessing for us and we wish her well in her retirement. At the same time we are grateful for her replacement, Tina White. Tina has been working with Mary Kay this past month becoming acclimated to being our director of religious education.
Every year through the Missionary Plan of Cooperation our Diocesan Mission office brings to every parish a personal experience of what it means to be Mission and to help out a particular group of missionaries. This year the Vincentian Fathers and Brothers have been assigned to Holy Spirit Parish. Many of you will recognize the priest who will be making the appeal, Fr. Michael Mulhearn, CM. Fr. Mulhearn helped out during the time Holy Spirit Parish was without a pastor. Please be generous in your support of their missions. Checks should be made out to Holy Spirit Parish.
We have recently been going through a discernment process to select new members of our Pastoral Council. The members who are returning are: Mike Poindexter, Shelli Lange, Sue Rusco, Charlotte Berndt, Brigeete Kurtenbach, and Lenore Kinman. Members going off the Council are Gary Beier and Edna Koury. I am grateful for all of those who came to the information session on June 10th. We will be announcing our new members soon. Please keep the Pastoral Council in your prayers as they help to set direction for our parish.
Information has been given to our youth about the National Catholic Youth Conference Nov. 21-24, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is a great experience for young people in our parish (grades 9-12). Thousands of young people from across the United States gather to hear dynamic, interesting speakers who relate to youth in a variety of ways. I encourage the youth from our parish to consider attending this conference.
I am taking some time off this week. There will be mass on Monday & Friday morning and a communion service Wednesday morning.
Jesus reminds us in today’s Gospel, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” What is the cross that you are asked to carry today? How are you challenged to deny yourself so that you can be there for someone else?