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May 30/31 From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Coming of the Holy Spirit – “Pentecost Sunday.” This feast is also known as the “Birthday of the Church” because it was the giving of the Holy Spirit that empowered the Apostles and disciples to move out of a locked room and into the world to preach the Good News of the Gospel and of Jesus Christ. The rest is history, and a small group of followers of Jesus in a remote corner of the world went forth and eventually conquered even the mighty Roman Empire. This Sunday and this feast reminds us that we, too, have been given the commission to bring our faith and Jesus Christ into our world. Perhaps this weekend we can open our hearts and minds to the power of the Spirit. We pray, “Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and we can be renewed.”

The first week of June each year all Norbertines of St. Norbert Abbey gather and hold their annual Chapter (i.e., meeting of the community). This year is no exception and so I shall be gone from the parish Monday through Friday to be present at this Chapter. The parish office will be open as usual and if there is an emergency you can contact Lori or you may call me on my cell phone (619-7844). This year we Norbertines are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the dedication of our Abbey and Abbey Church. We moved into the “new” Abbey on February 2, 1959, and I was one of the original members of the community who moved from the “Old” Abbey on the college campus to the “New” Abbey across the river. I remember how desolate it looked as there was not even one tree on the property and that Spring we began the planting of seedling trees all over the property. Over the past 50 years, the trees and the beauty of the property have grown and developed and it is a most beautiful and peaceful place. If you have never been to the Abbey grounds or seen the Abbey, I would be delighted to give you a tour. This August, I will celebrate my 54th anniversary as a member of the Norbertine Order.

Last weekend I devoted some time and space to our cemetery and the rules and regulations regarding flowers, monuments, shepherd hooks, etc. In the event you were away last weekend, we are once again publishing the cemetery rules and regulations, which by the way have been in effect since 1996. On Monday, June 15th our cemetery will be “renewed” and items and things that are in violation of our established rules and regulations will be removed. We ask your cooperation and understanding regarding this matter and each month the cemetery will be updated and renewed. The rules and regulations are reasonable, clear, and are intended to make our cemetery the sacred, holy and attractive place it was designed to be. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Last Friday our school completed another successful year. It has been a good year and we are privileged to have the outstanding leadership of our Principal Mrs. Robin Jensen, school Secretary Ginny Lardinois, and an outstanding group of people who are our teachers and staff members. Our projected enrollment for next Fall is 200+ and so our future looks very bright indeed. We wish all of our school people an enjoyable Summer, take time to relax, enjoy and renew! See you in September!

“Oremus pro invicem”
Fr. Tom

Related link: 5.31.09 Church Bulletin

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