Week of August 14, 2016

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I received a letter from the Missionary Society of St. Columban this past week that I want to share with you.

Dear Fr. Clary,

Thank you for the warm welcome your parishioners gave Fr. Tom Cusack who was at your parish to speak on the Columban missions as part of the 2016 Missionary Cooperation Plan.  He mentioned to me that your parishioners were most welcoming and encouraging.

We appreciate the generosity of the people of Holy Spirit Parish.  It means a lot to a missionary to be well received by the local parish and to note their interest in the missions.  It goes without saying that we depend on this good will and generosity to continue our Columban Mission.

Please extend to all the people of your parish our deep appreciation, and be assured of our prayers for your parishioners.

Gratefully,
Rev. Tim Mulroy, SSC
Regional Director

 

The end of August we will begin work on the parking lot.  The first phase is putting French drains in to divert underground water.  The work will be done on the north parking lot during the week and should not impact parking on the weekend.  Thanks for all of you are able to help us meet the expenses of this project.

Last weekend I forgot to introduce to you two new volunteers.

Meghan Shanahan and Hailey Pate served for the first time – Meghan at the 8:30 mass and Hailey at the 10:30 mass.  They both did an excellent job.  I appreciate them sharing their time and talent for our parish.  If there is anyone else who would like to be a server you can call the parish office or let me know and we will train you to do that ministry.  We ask that you be at least in 4th grade, but we have no upper end age restriction.

This week our scripture readings can be hard to hear.  In the Gospel of Luke Jesus said, “Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?  No, I tell you, but rather division.”  Jesus knew that the challenging character of his teaching would meet with growing opposition and hostility on the part of those who refused to accept the truth.  Jesus words and actions continue to challenge us today.

In upcoming bulletins and on the parish web site I will be placing some reflections given by groups who (in one group’s words) “seek to take up the call issued by the U.S. bishops in their document Faithful Citizenship to form our consciences, guided by the Gospel, examining the issues we face and reaching informed, conscientious decisions about the issues we hold dear as Catholics and as Americans.”

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