Pastor's Column

May 20, 2018 Pastor's Column

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     We celebrate this weekend the great Feast of Pentecost.  We remember the mystery of a God who would come to live within His people, within His Church.  We pray today that the Spirit will keep the flame alive in each of us and in our parish.  On this weekend, we also take a very important collection to help with the cost of seminarian tuition.  While we are thrilled with the growing number of seminarians in our diocese, the tuition bill will surpass a million dollars this year.  Please be as generous as you can.  If you aren’t prepared to make a gift today, you will find cards in the pews this weekend providing an opportunity to donate online.

     We welcome seminarian Bobby Krisch to our parish this week.  Bobby’s home parish is St. Jude in South Bend and he has finished his first year of studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Maryland.  He will be with us until late July.

     We are also preparing for another resident in our rectory.  Fr. Phil DeVolder, the pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Warsaw, has been battling cancer and is scheduled for a bone marrow transplant this week.  After a few weeks in the hospital, he will come to recuperate at our rectory.  Please keep him in prayer.

     If you haven’t yet marked your calendar for the upcoming priesthood ordination, now is the time.  Our own Deacon Nathan Maskal will be ordained a priest at the Fort Wayne cathedral on June 2 at 11:00.  (You will need to arrive early for a seat.)  On Sunday, June 3, he will celebrate his first Mass at our parish 11:00 Mass.  This is Corpus Christi Sunday, and a Eucharistic procession and then a reception will follow the Mass.  This will be a great event for our parish and an answer to our prayers.