The Bishops in the United States have begun a three year National Eucharistic Revival. Throughout the summer I will be sharing with you material about the Eucharist, the Source and Summit of our lives. Are you coming or going? Do you ever wonder if you are coming or going?
Summertime is a time to reflect on the wonders of God’s creation. For us who experience such long winters, the days of summer are a blessing to enjoy, and hopefully a time for some leisure as well. I share with you today a prayer and a hymn that speak of the blessedness of Summer. s here
I realized last weekend that it was 8 years ago that I came to Good Shepherd Catholic Community as pastor! Time certainly seems to fly by! When I arrived here I assumed I would probably be here for seven years until I reached the retirement age, which was then 70. But, with the shortage of priests the retirement age was move to 75 years old, which is the retirement age for priests in the universal church.
As we come to the end of the month of June we also come to the close of the Fiscal Year for our parish. It will be a while before the books are closed for the year; when they are we will be presenting a parish financial report in the fall. A preliminary budget has been presented by the financial team from the Regional Financial Office in Auburn.
Today we celebrate Father’s Day! Each year on the third Sunday of June we honor our fathers; it is truly a special day! This day happens once a year but it should be a reminder to us all that we are called to honor our fathers each and every day. So to all the fathers in the parish Happy Father’s Day! I pray that God’s blessings and peace be upon all our Fathers, Grand-Fathers, all Fathers-to-be as well as our God-Fathers. We thank them for the love and example they have been for their families. For those who have died we pray that they are in the arms of our merciful heavenly Father.
Last weekend we celebrated Pentecost; this weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, and next Sunday we will celebrate the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. I have always seen these three great feasts as strongly connected together
This weekend we end the Easter Season with the Feast of Pentecost. The gift of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples marks the final aspect of the Paschal Mystery – the Suffering, Death, Resurrection and Ascension of our Lord and the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon his followers.
Notes from Father Bill This week we will be celebrating the Ascension of the Lord . The days between the Ascension and Pentecost Sunday are days to traditionally pray the Novena to the Holy Spirit. The Novena to the Holy Spirit is the oldest Novena in the church. It derives from Jesus’ instructions to his disciples to go to Jerusalem and pray for the Holy Spirit. The daily prayers of the Novena are available as an app for your phone or computer at https://catholicnovenaapp.com/novenas/holy-spirit-novena/# Below is another prayer for the help of the Holy Spirit.
40th Anniversary Forty years ago on April 30th, 1982, I was ordained to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Rochester at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Brighton, NY. I remember the great blessings I felt as I laid prostrate on the floor of the sanctuary as all those gathered in the church that day sang the Litany of Saints asking for all the holy men and women who have gone before us to intercede for us, and for me who was about to be ordained
Carlo Stebbings, our Director of Faith Formation, suggests in the article below, Building Strong Catholic Families, for families to pray together a prayer to the Holy Spirit.