From Fr. David’s Desk

Dear Friends in Christ,

Firstly, today is the great feast of Pentecost, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHURCH!!!! Ad Multos Annos – many more years!  How do you feel on your birthday?  Do you feel young?  Do you feel old?  Do you feel vibrant and fully alive?  Do you feel exhausted?  Do you feel anything at all?  Whatever you feel, I hope you can sense something of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit moving in your life.  Recall them for a moment: Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding, Fortitude, Counsel, Piety / Reverence, and Awe / Fear of the Lord.  We’ve all been given of these gifts in our baptism and confirmation, but the question is how we actively use them in our day to day lives.  Take some time to ponder that, thank the Spirit for these incomparable Gifts, and ask Him to further ignite them wherever you think you need them most in your lives.  Also remember the Fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Generosity, and Self Control.  How others know that we belong to Christ and that we truly work for Him is how evident these Fruits are in our lives.  On this day over 2000 years ago the Apostles courageously spoke of Christ to the world, and thousands were added to the Lord’s Mystical Body.  The Church grew in leaps and bounds, and it wasn’t merely the disciples’ own talents that caused the growth but rather their acceptance of and cooperation with the Holy Spirit that brought about this surge in the spreading of salvation.  And on it goes with us….

Secondly, I want to give you an update on the Montini Mustang Memorare Miracle Mission.  Last weekend you heard me say that the count was up to over 86,000 Memorares pledged and prayed this year.  As I write this, the total has risen significantly.  At this very moment, the total listed on the board in school is………… get ready ………………wait for it …………………… are you waiting? ………………………………………… I said WAIT FOR IT! ……………………………………on 3 ………………….1 ……………………….2 ……………………..3 ………………………….

 

              103, 859

             Did you seriously just see that?!?  Are you standing up right now?  Are you dancing in your living room?  YES, that is CORRECT!!!  We hit and exceeded the jackpot goal of pledges this week and are still counting!!  I can’t in any certain words begin to tell you how excited I am to speak to the 8th graders about this at their graduation!  But even more so, what warms my heart exceedingly and fills my soul with great hope are the countless miracles this year that are currently being testified to by the students and teachers.  You would be astonished, but probably not surprised, to learn the extent of these miracles and blessings that have spread throughout our school community and beyond.  I am just so grateful for the students for initiating this mission, for the faculty, staff, and parents who have supported it, and of course to all of YOU, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for your pledges all throughout this year!!!  Together Montini, St. Mary, St. Patrick, Holy Apostles, and our entire community has been abundantly blessed through this Mission!  All thanks to God and our Mother Mary for assisting us and blessing us every step of this journey!

With a grateful and joyful heart,

Fr. David

Save the Date!   😎 

St. Mary’s Annual Rummage Sale hosted by the CCW will be held June 14 – 16, 2018. See the Events Page for more details.

 

 

 

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