The Gift of The Spirit

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Happy Pentecost!!!  It is hard to believe that we are already at Pentecost. This year has been flying by. Today, we celebrate the birthday of The Church, and the great birthday present that we have received from our God. We normally think about getting older on our birthday, but the gift of The Spirit keeps us young and energetic. It is a gift given to us to set us on fire with zealous faith. The Spirit enlivens the Church and propels us outward, into the world, so that we may continue the work of evangelization.

Birthdays are also times when we reflect on our life and ponder where we are headed. The same is true with this birthday. The Lord has brought us a mighty long way and we must take stock in where we are headed. What kind of Church do we want to pass on to our children and our children's children? The Church certainly has its flaws, but it also has its bright spots. Together we can heal the flaws and magnify the bright spots--the blessings given to us through The Church.

This week I received an invitation from Notre Dame University to participate in a discussion about making the Church relevant to young adults. Specifically, how to use social media and the web to do this. Unfortunately, I cannot make the meeting but I did send some thoughts. As I replied to the letter, I reflected on the fact that if we want The Church to be relevant in the lives of young adults, we have to begin when they are teens. When I returned to The Rock and invited some of our young adults to return as well, this was at the top of their priority list. I will admit that we have continually struggled with our Teen Ministry. So, I want to ask your help to grow our Teen Ministry. We have a small group that meets regularly. If your teenager is not involved, I would like to extend a personal invitation to come to the next teen meeting and meet some of the other teens in our Parish. If you or your teen would like information on how they can become more involved in our Parish, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be happy to discuss it with them.

Finally, I would like to ask all of our high school graduates who will be heading off to college to consider joining our College Student Sponsor program. We will have some sign-up sheets available at the Ushers table for both college bound students and potential sponsors. I think this is a great way to let our college students know that we are supporting them and praying for their well-being and success.

If you have any other ideas for our teens and young adults, please contact me or one of our Parish Council members. Have a joyful & blessed Pentecost!


In the Redeemer,

Fr Rick