From Fr. Kitsmiller

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 

Happy Pentecost! In this great feast of the Church, we celebrate the Holy Spirit’s role in making the Church flourish throughout the world. Sometimes, we hear of this feast as the birthday of the Church. That is a good metaphor. As the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles, He gave them the power and authority to preach the saving message of the Gospel, to bring souls into the Church through Baptism and Confirmation, to reconcile sinners to Christ, to heal and to ordain priests to give Christ’s body and blood to His members. It is only through this invisible person of the Trinity that the Church has its connection to Jesus, the head of the mystical body. Some people today claim that the Church is not necessary and that we do not need to have a relationship with the Church. But the Church is God’s instrument for transmitting His word, His blessings and His very life to the world. It is through the Church that God communicates His life and will to us. We celebrate the Church today and the Holy Spirit that continually breathes life into her and guides her. We praise the Holy Spirit and ask Him to guide us to Jesus, our Savior. 

Please mark your calendars for the Feast of Sacred Heart, Friday, June 28th. Bishop Brennan will be here to celebrate Mass at 6:00 p.m. We will follow this with a potluck dinner. More details will follow in the bulletin. I hope you can join us. 

Thank you for your contributions to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. We are getting closer to our goal of $11,639.88. So far, twentyone families have pledged $6,491 toward our goal. We still have a ways to go. We are over halfway there. If you have not had a chance to make a contribution, please do so. Envelopes are found in the back of the Church. Thanks for your generosity. 

Have a blessed week! 
Fr. Kitsmiller 
Administrator Pro Tem