Dear Friends,

Dear Friends,

We find ourselves in the midst of the nine days between our Lord’s Ascension into Heaven (May 21) and Pentecost (May 31), the birthday of the Church. On that first Pentecost came the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to enflame and set on fire the hearts of all disciples. We need not fear nor be anxious for we are created by the Father, redeemed by the Son and sanctified by the Holy Spirit. God dwells within our souls. Let us embrace this almighty Triune Love who always seeks us out to bring us into intimacy and communion. And may we under His grace bring His light and love to our brothers and sisters everywhere.

It’s not too late to join with the worldwide Church in praying the novena prayers to the Holy Spirit in preparation for Pentecost. We need to become ever more conscious of the Holy Spirit in our lives. He is our Advocate and Helper. He inflames our hearts to be passionate and fearless disciples of Jesus.

Let us pray these words with love, Come O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and kindle in them the fire of Your Love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolations, through Christ Our Lord, Amen!

Over a week ago, I received a call from Saint Charles Seminary asking if we would be able to accept another Seminarian this year for a summer pastoral assignment. I readily agreed and am happy to share that Sang Woo Chi will be spending eight weeks here at Saint Eleanor beginning June 6. I spoke with Sang on the telephone briefly. He was born in South Korea and is a ‘delayed’ vocation to the Seminary. That is, he finished his schooling and worked for many years before applying to the Seminary. Sang will be instituted an Acolyte in the Fall when classes resume, since due to the pandemic, the ceremony had to be rescheduled.

At this point in time, we really do not know if we will be celebrating public Masses or not this summer. Each Friday, the Montgomery County Commissioners hold a telephone conference call with religious leaders. I find them very informative, personal and direct. They are beginning to be hopeful that things will open up a bit more as we move into the middle of June.

The experience of living with other priests and in a parish setting is integral to the formation of those studying to become priests. We welcome Sang warmly to Saint Eleanor. If you do not get to meet him in person, you will most likely meet him virtually at some point in time. He very likely will return in the Fall for the school year on Thursdays as well. Keep Sang and all our seminarians in your kind prayers, please.

Finally, our prayers for all for a safe and happy Memorial Day. While we are still socially distancing, we can never forget to honor all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice so that we might remain free and safe. God bless all those who have died protecting us and our country. God bless all those serving now, doing the same.

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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