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PENTECOST: THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT - MAY 31, 2020

On our journey of faith our great hope is that by following Jesus we will be transformed into the very image and likeness of Jesus Christ himself. In  other words, we hope to live our faith  in such a powerful way we can be the presence of Christ for each other. 

The grace and power we have been given to enable us to do this is the glory of the Holy Spirit. It is in sending the Holy Spirit that God continues to provide and care for our needs. It is in our connection to the third person of God, the Holy Spirit, that we are able to discern and follow God’s will and discover the fullness of life that God created us to have. 

As we celebrate Pentecost Sunday and open ourselves to the love of God poured upon us through the Holy Spirit we realize once again the extent that God has to save us. We are humbled by the reality of the abundant blessing God has, is and will continue to bestow upon us.

It seems rather fitting that on this Feast we will take another step into the light with our ability to come and receive communion after our live streaming of Sunday morning Mass. We, who have been on our Eucharistic Fast, will be able to once again be fed the very substance of life. We will offer communion after our live stream Sunday Mass in this way for two weeks. (More information follows in this Bulletin.)

I found out today (Wednesday, May 27) that Phase 2 will start on the weekend of June 13 and 14 for the Feast of Corpus Christi. Beginning on this Feast we will be able to have 25-percent of our church capacity at Sunday Mass.   

The other wonderful opportunity is we are now able to have eight people at morning Mass and, because we have separate space (our Narthex), we are able to also have an additional eight people at morning Mass. Our new daily Mass schedule will be as follows: 

8:30 a.m. Tuesday – Friday at Holy Cross (this Mass will continue to be live-streamed)
12:10 p.m. Tuesday at SKD – St. Mary’s 
12:10 p.m. Wednesday at SKD – St. Francis
12:10 p.m. Thursday and Friday at SKD – St. Mary.

We have a sign-up on our website, and will have a link to it on our Facebook page. You also can call the parish office at 920-766-1445 to reserve a spot.

Because we will only be able to have 32 available spots between the two daily Masses, please initially sign-up only for one daily Mass during this two-week period. HOWEVER, do check the sign-up before the daily Mass each morning to see if there might be an open spot you can fill. 

After this two week period of Phase 1 we will be moving to Phase 2 and be able to have 25-percent of church capacity at any daily mass and would be able to accommodate anyone who desires to come to a daily Mass. So sign-up for daily mass would no longer be necessary.  

With the power of the Holy Spirit to guide and direct our thoughts and efforts we seek then to be God’s vessel of light and hope for our sisters and brothers, indeed for our very world, during this time of crisis.  As we are reminded, “We are the parts of the Body of Christ,” and in our journey together as a family of believers we witness the reality of Christ. 

So let us seek to be Christ’s voice, hands and feet by sharing with each person we encounter the glory of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Peace and Joy,
Fr. Don Everts
Pastor
Holy Cross and St. Katharine Drexel Parishes

 

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