Father Fred Link, O.F.M.

Our Pentecost celebration was glorious!  The Masses were “spirited” for sure.   Fr. Jim was blessed to celebrate the 4:00 PM Vigil Mass with about 30 family and friends of Bill and Elaine Holt who were rejoicing in 60 years of marriage.  The music at the Masses was terrific.  I thought the singing of the Gregorian chant sequence, Veni Sancte Spiritus, before the Gospel was especially nice, and the addition of the young trumpeter from CCM at the 10:30 AM Mass added extra solemnity.  Thanks to all who were able to wear red to Mass, on this our Church’s birthday.

AT the 10:30 AM Mass, the Holy Spirit guided our “election” of four new members of the Pastoral Council:  Bill Burkhardt, Ed Mormile, Alan Siefert and Diane Smith.   Congratulations to each of them and thanks to all who allowed their name to be put into nomination. These folks, along with the pastor’s three appointees, will be formally installed at a Mass near the end of summer. 

The special brunch in the school cafeteria after the Mass was great!  There certainly was an ample amount and variety of food—enough for everyone to have seconds.  The number of folks attending was down from last year, likely because of many graduations, first Communions, parties, etc.  A huge thanks to parishioner Mary Beth Asbach and those who helped her organize and serve the meal. 

We were treated to a very visible sign of the parish’s commitment to outreach last weekend—lots of boxes and bags of clothing, canned food, toys, etc. The stacks grew as the weekend went on—all donated for our twinned mission parish, in Campton, KY.  A special thank you to Al and Sheila Moeller who spent hours on Saturday and Sunday organizing the donations, so that they could be easily loaded onto the truck for delivery. In addition, Kay and Joe Thoman brought about fifty boxes of items which had been donated earlier up from the church basement.   On Monday the eighth graders loaded the items onto the truck and then boarded the bus which took them to Campton, where they would spend the day working around the mission.   Thanks to YOU for whatever you were able to bring to church for our twice-a-year drive. 

This weekend, we honorour parish high school graduates. Each of them received an invitation from me both for the 10:30 AM Mass and then for breakfast at My Dad’s Place. We are all proud of their accomplishments and wish them well in the next phase of their lives, wherever God leads them.  

 

Most of the friars will be gone this coming week for our All Province Assembly at St. Meinrad Archabbey in Ferdnand, IN, where we’ll pray and reflect together and also celebrate the anniversaries of friars who have reached milestone years in their professed or ordained life.  Thanks to Fr. Bill and Fr. Louis who will remain at home.  Fr. Bill will preside at the 8 AM Mass this Tuesday through Friday.  Fr. Louis will take care of the 7 AM Mass.  Peace!

 

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