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  With our pastor Fr. John on vacation, he has asked that I, Fr. Patrick, write the message to you. We have many things going on at Saint Patrick, and I find that with the help of the Spirit, our parish is moving forward beautifully. It is clear by the laughter coming from the office next door that our new parish administrator is getting along well with our community. We sent off the young adult mission trip to Guatemala with no major hitches at a bleary-eyed 2 o’clock in the morning Monday, and although their plane was delayed they did eventually arrive safely in Guatemala City.

I invite you to check out the great work being done in the youth room by our Eagle Scout candidate Max Krueger.  Our school is hopping with many spring field trips and 8th graders are looking forward with great excitement to graduation day.

In the midst of all the recent activity and change in our parish I find myself thinking of Memorial Day and look forward to REST, as I am guessing many of you are thinking the same thing. Although rest is a good thing, I think that FREEDOM would be a much greater good to reflect on this weekend. I must first thank the men and women who laid down their lives for the freedom we experience in the United States of America, and those who continue to risk their personal safety. As Americans we must never take our freedom for granted, yet there is a greater freedom we should reflect on as well this holiday.

In God’s great providence this weekend we also celebrate the feast of Pentecost. On this feast I would like you all to reflect on the words of our Holy Father in his homily to the people of God on January 9th of this year: “You can follow a thousand catechism courses, a thousand spirituality courses, a thousand yoga or zen courses and all these things. But none of this will be able to give you the freedom as a child (of God). Only the Holy Spirit can prompt your heart to say ‘Father.’ Only the Holy Spirit is capable of banishing, of breaking that hardness of heart and making it . . . soft? No, I don’t like that word, . . . ‘docile’. Docile towards the Lord.  Docile when it comes to the freedom to love.”

Let our prayers this weekend be offered on behalf of those who laid down their lives for our freedom as Americans. And what better way to pray than through the Spirit who has granted us an even greater gift of freedom, the freedom that comes from being a child of God!

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen

We will once again be offering a Sunday night Mass during the summer months. The Mass will be at 7:00 PM and will begin on May 31. We are excited to have a group of high school students who plan to lead the music each Sunday evening.



Fr. Patrick McConnell
May 24, 2015


 
      
 





















THIS WEEK


~ Friday, May 22
8:00 AM Mass


~ Saturday, May 23
8:00 AM Dust Busters
9:00 AM Divine Mercy Study
10:00 AM Confessions
5:00 PM Mass
6:15 PM RCIA Closing Session
Scrip and coffee available after Mass


~ Sunday, May 24
PENTECOST
Masses 7, 9, 11 AM
Scrip available after Mass

~ Monday, May 25
MEMORIAL DAY
9:00 AM Mass at Saint Patrick Cemetery
9:15 AM Bakery and Produce Give Away
 
~Tuesday, May 26
8:00 AM Mass
3:30 PM Youth Worship Team
6:00 PM Family Rosary
7:00 PM Pastoral Council Meeting

~ Wednesday, May 27
8:00 AM Mass
10:00 AM Mass CCH

3:50 PM Children's Choir Practice
6:30 PM Music Ministry Meeting

~Thursday, May 28
7:00 AM TMJ
8:00 AM Mass
1:00 PM CCW Quilters
6:00 PM The Prophet
7:00 Praise Company Rehearsal

~ Friday, May 29
8:00 AM Mass


~ Saturday, May 30
8:00 AM Dust Busters
10:00 AM Confessions
5:00 PM Mass
Scrip available after Mass












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