I witnessed a marriage recently.  The second reading from scripture was a popular one for weddings – 1 Corinthians 12:31 – 13:8. Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts.  Paul lists some great spiritual gifts and says even if I have these gifts, but do not have love, I have nothing.  He goes on to […]

I have been reading a book by Sherry A. Weddell titled Forming Intentional Disciples The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus.  She tells the story of a group of young-adult friends who got together to create a support group for lay Catholics.  The leadership team drew up a vision – and – values statement they […]

I received the following letter from the Littler Sisters of the Poor. The Little Sisters of the Poor are deeply grateful for the generous collection from Holy Spirit Parish the weekend of July 8th and 9th.  We received a total of $4,489.72 from Masses that weekend and $350.00 has been received since. It was, indeed, […]

Following is the letter Fr. Mike referenced in his pastor’s notes last week, from the Bishop’s Conference regarding the health care legislation. Dear Senator, On June 22, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) outlined initial concerns about the health care reform “discussion draft” developed by the Senate, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (“BCRA”).  […]

Bishop Johnston is encouraging us to support a pro-life initiative currently under consideration in the Missouri Senate.  Please see the message sent from the chancery below. House Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 5 (HCS SB 5) Please prayerfully consider contacting your State Senator to ask him or her to support passage of HCS SB 5.  […]

Someone sent me the following story that reminded me to have patience in my prayer.  You never know what God is cooking up. A visiting Priest was attending a men’s breakfast in Ohio Farm County. He asked one of the impressive older farmers in attendance to say grace that morning.  After all were seated, the […]

Below is a prayer that was used before every session of the Second Vatican Council.  It was the prayer that was on the hearts of all of us who gathered last week to look at how we can be peacemakers in our fractured society. We stand before you, Holy Spirit, conscious of our sinfulness, but […]