Saturday, 08 June 2019
“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in us the fire of your love. Send forth Your Spirt and we shall be created and you shall renew the face of the Earth.”
Celebrating the Solemn Feast of Pentecost brings us back to our Confirmation when we were sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit! We have all received the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit – fear of the Lord, piety, knowledge, fortitude, counsel, understanding, and wisdom. These are given to us so that we can be good disciples of Jesus Christ.
. Some days we need one gift more than another. A question for each of us: do you use your gifts or are they still in a box? Do you ask the Holy Spirit to give you understanding or fortitude or wisdom? Open these gifts. They have been given to you for your use!
News from the Convent
Brothers and sisters, we at St. James are so blessed to have the Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary with us! They add so much life and love to St. James and the parish would not be the same without them!
This summer there will some transitions. Sr. Carolyn Bennett will be leaving us after 27 total years at the school (3 her first time and 24 this second stint) to go to the retreat house in Pennsylvania to help welcome the retreatants and give hospitality. She will be greatly missed! We also have some new additions. Sr. Catherine Zabel will be coming to work in the school. She is newly professed and we are happy to be her first mission as a fully professed IHM. Sr. Emily Vincent Rebalsky will also be coming to be the Director of Evangelization and Religious Education for the Parish. We look forward to welcoming them both and getting to know them! The convent went from having 2 Sisters Carolyn to having 2 Sisters Catherine!
This next week I’ll be out of town at a workshop and for some vacation. Please pray for safety and that it can be a relaxing and rejuvenating time with family and friends!
May the Risen Lord Jesus Christ bless you and your families this week and throughout this summer!
~ Fr. Daniel Firmin