Happy Pentecost Sunday….Come Holy Spirit fill our hearts with grace and peace!
In some ways, I get a chuckle out of all the conversations around the question: “When will the churches reopen?” I have been responding by saying “I really do not know, maybe sometime in July.” I understand the basis for the question, in all truthfulness my real answer is, “The Church has not been closed, why would we need to reopen?” I know, when I am preaching, I often put emphasis on the difference between “small c” and “big C” church. You and I are Church, we happen to worship in a building called a church. My experience during this time of the pandemic is the Church is very alive and carrying out the ministry of Jesus with extraordinary beauty and vitality. With this said, I want you to know how grateful I am to be your pastor of this local Church, in our little corner of the world attempting to reach out to the so many other corners of the world. Reaching out to people in our neighborhood, in the City of Rochester, in Booneville, KY and to our brothers and sisters in El Salvador. In addition, I must add the ministries we offer to advance our spiritual growth, including:
- The Spiritual Exercise of St Ignatius,
- daily Mass,
- Scripture study,
- Formation for our young people and youth ministry opportunities,
- Women in Spirit,
- Men’s Fellowship,
- Adoration of the Eucharist,
- Liturgical ministries offered so our celebrations prayed with “a passion for excellence”
- and many other ministries far too long name here.
I love being with here, it is blessing to minister with you as Church, a Church that is wide open. As we celebrate Pentecost it is very apparent the Holy Spirit is very active at Transfiguration. As we continued to deal with the pandemic, I continue to look for experiences of inspiration and hope during these most unsettled days! Last Sunday morning when a pulled into the parish campus, there in the middle of the driveway was a beautifully done multi colored Cross, done in chalk, measuring maybe 10 feet by 20 feet. The artist was the Harold family (Megan, Rob, Addison, Brooke and Gavin) with the message that came later, “Not sure we’d call ourselves artist…just a little family missing our Transfiguration community. This was joy to do with our kiddos.”
I look forward to the day when we are together again around the Altar.
Come Holy Spirit!
Let us continue to pray for and take action to bring about peace in our world!
n peace and courage,