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June 12, 2010: From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

Pentecost celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit poured out upon the disciples of Jesus. The vivid story in the Acts of the Apostles, in which the Spirit comes as a mighty wind and is seen as tongues of fire, is proclaimed each year. This year’s Gospel is a reprise of what we heard on the Second Sunday of Easter, the extended version includes the story of doubting Thomas. But today, we only hear the Risen Lord’s appearance on Easter night. He breathes on His disciples and gives them the Holy Spirit. And, most significantly, Jesus indicates that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are tied to our willingness for reconciliation.

This past Spring our school published a delightful book called “WE PRAY, a collection of prayers from Holy Cross Catholic School at Bay Settlement.” I highly suggest that you purchase a copy because it will delight you, inspire you, and maybe help your own prayer life. These books are on sale at St. Catherine’s Book Store ($7.00) and also are available here at church this weekend after all Masses at the special parish price of $5.00 a copy. On this Pentecost Sunday, gift yourself with this wonderful book inspired by the Holy Spirit.

I invite you to hold in prayer the Shirley Jacobs family (Don) as they mourn the sudden death of Wayne Jacobs. I presided at Wayne’s funeral service and burial this past week. Also hold in prayer the family of Norbert Van Egeren, who went to his eternal reward after spending 100 years here on earth. As a teenager, Norbert worked on the construction of our present church. He was a gracious and delightful man - may he rest in peace. I celebrated his Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday of this past week. I also ask your prayers for the family of Nancy Prevost whose brother, John Nick, passed away last week.

My brother, Bob, who was supposed to come and visit me along with his wife, had a medical emergency the day before he was to come. They have had to cancel their vacation until a later date. Fortunately, his emergency was treatable and he is recovering. Kindly hold him in prayer.

Kindly note that the parish office will be closed this Monday and Tuesday, June 13th & 14th. Lori will be taking some vacation time.

Again, please consider giving some of your time to help at our Parish Picnic. This is a very important fund and fun-raiser for our parish community. Please invite your family, neighbors, and friends to come, pray for good weather, and purchase raffle tickets. On our Parish Picnic weekend, June 25th and 26th, we will have a visiting priest to celebrate our Parish Masses. Father Bob Groher, a priest of the Diocese of Green Bay, devotes his retired ministry working for “FOOD FOR THE POOR,” a charity which devotes itself to working for the poor people of Haiti. This is a very worthy charity with which I am most familiar and we will have a special collection for “FOOD FOR THE POOR” on the weekend of July 2nd and 3rd. Kindly be generous to this worthy cause and continue to help these people recover from the earthquake.

Oremus pro invicem,
Fr. Tom

Related link: 6.12.11 Church Bulletin

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