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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   

Below is another prayer for the help of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer for the Help of the Holy Spirit

O God, send forth your Holy Spirit into my heart that I may perceive, into my mind that I may remember, and into my soul that I may meditate. Inspire me to speak with piety, holiness, tenderness and mercy. Teach, guide and direct my thoughts and senses from beginning to end. May your grace ever help and correct me, and may I be strengthened now with wisdom from on high, for the sake of your infinite mercy. Amen.  Saint Anthony of Padua

Wider Parish Lenten Series   

That’s right! The Lenten Series is beginning as we near the end of the Easter season. The Lenten  series was postponed due to COVID, but a three part series is now being held in a different format beginning next Sunday.  Three presentations will be given on Sunday afternoons  beginning at 4:00 p.m.  The theme of the series is CREATION, CELEBRATION, RESPONSIBILITY.   All presentations will be in person and via ZOOM.  Light Refreshments will be served. The schedule is as follows:

Sunday, May 22nd, at 4pm, at  Scipioville Presbyterian Church   Presenter:  Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo
Sunday, June 5, at  4pm, at  United Ministry of Aurora Social Room  Presenter:  Kip Coerper
Sunday, June 12, at 4pm, at the Union Springs UCC Church  Presenter:  Sechem Sam

More information about the presenters and their presentations can be found on a handout at the entrance of the church.

Nominations For Parish Pastoral Council Members:  

We are in the process of  taking nominations for members to serve a 3 year term on the Parish Pastoral Council. Please make a nomination and submit it by Tuesday, May 31. God’s blessings and peace to all,  Father Bill