We Remember

 In Articles, Pastor's Notes

Every year, the Church observes vocation awareness during one week in November. This year, it is observed November 6-12. Its purpose is to “promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations” (USCCB).

As we celebrate vocation awareness, I believe it is a wonderful time to remember and thank our God for the priests who have served our parish of Holy Spirit. We thank them for their dedication and commitment to serve and lead us. We thank Fr. Brendan who served Holy Spirit for 16 years. His passion, prayerfulness, innovation, animation, made it possible to be where we are today – a sprit-filled and hope-filled community of disciples.

We also remember the parochial vicars and the many lay ministers who supported and joined us in our ministries. They, too, have been very instrumental to ensure we continue to make the work of the Lord present each and every day.

This week, we are invited to pray in a very special way for our eight seminarians who are in formation, and God-willing will serve in our Diocese in the next several years. We also pray to the Lord of the Harvest, to send more laborers into His vineyard, who modeled after His heart, will be like the Master, and draw people closer to the Father.

The month of November also recognizes All Souls and so during this month we especially pray for all who have gone before us. Let us remember, in particular, the Pastors of Holy Spirit who have died.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Peace in Christ,

Fr. John

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