We find ourselves in the time between the Ascension of our Lord and Pentecost. It is a novena, nine days of prayer, allowing us to follow the example of the Apostles and Mary in the Upper Room to pray fervently for the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Our prayer is not for the coming of the Holy Spirit who indeed has already come to us in Baptism and Confirmation. Our prayer is for our minds, hearts and souls to recognize, accept and surrender to the Holy Spirit in a more conscious
and intentional way. It is the Holy Spirit who reminds us of all that Jesus said and did. It is the Holy Spirit who prompts and inspires us with words and actions to extend God’s Kingdom here on earth. It is the Holy Spirit who lifts us from our fears, worries and anxieties to live in trust, hope, faith and love. It is the Holy Spirit who leads us closer to Jesus, who leads us to the Father.
There are many novena prayers available for this period to assist our prayer, but may I suggest that we add a simple prayer to our daily routine during these days, “Come, Holy Spirit, come!” As Jesus reminds us in the Gospel of St. Luke, “If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” Let us pray with confidence, trust and hope, for the Son of God promises the Father’s response to our intercession and prayer. “Come, Holy Spirit, come!”
We are also entering into the time of high school and grade school graduations. The colleges have already celebrated their commencements. We offer heartfelt congratulations to all those in our parish family who have already or will be graduating this year. May God who began good work within you, bring it to fulfillment as you move onward on your life’s journey. At the 9 AM Mass this weekend, we recognize and celebrate our graduates with a special blessing and with a reception after Mass in Vianney Hall. We hope many will take part.
Next Sunday, here at our parish, a son of our parish, Father Carl Janicki will celebrate his twenty-fifth anniversary of ordination to the priesthood. We congratulate Father Janicki on this milestone anniversary and offer him our prayers for many more years of fruitful priestly ministry to the people of God. Please keep Father Janicki and all priests and seminarians in your good prayers.
As I shared last weekend, after much discussion and reviewing of multiple options, we reached the decision to outsource our parish and school maintenance needs. The company, First Property Management Solution, does this work at three other parishes very successfully. There is a full-time onsite technician/mechanic who has the back-up assistance of fellow mechanics for larger projects. The technicians/mechanics are skilled in all of the trades and therefore able to do almost all of the maintenance repairs and projects themselves rather than call in specialists.
They are very hands on and focused on good relationships with parish and school staff as well as parishioners and visitors. They work effectively on immediate needs and have a constant eye on preventative maintenance as well. The other parishes have found them exemplary. With this change of direction, once again we offer a word of gratitude and thanks to Ted Locker and Rich Bechtel for their understanding and for the service they gave to our parish and school.
God bless you, God love you,