This is an important weekend for the church in Chicago. This is the weekend of the ordination of new priests for the Archdiocese. We congratulate our newly ordained priests and welcome them as they begin their priestly ministry. With each ordination the presence of the Holy Spirit is made manifest in the church. These new priests bring new life and ideas to the church and we are a richer community because of their commitment. We thank the Lord for these new vocations and we continue to pray that he sends more and more workers to the vineyard.
We are privileged to welcome Father Mike Zaniolo to the parish this weekend. Father is the chaplain at O’Hare and Midway chapels. He is celebrating his 25th Anniversary as a priest of Chicago and we are pleased to welcome Father and his family and friends to celebrate this important day. Congratulations Father and Ad Multos Annos.
As a church we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. This is really the beginning of the church as a group of tired and disappointed disciples were infused with the power of the Spirit and began to witness to the power of the name of Jesus. When I was a child my mother taught me a prayer that she said every day and I have continued throughout my life. It was a prayer to the Holy Spirit even though in those days we referred to Him as the Holy Ghost.
“Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of the faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created and you shall renew the face of the earth.”
We need that continuous presence of the Spirit in a world that is in need of renewing each and every day. The presence of the Sprit is the fulfillment of the promise of Jesus to never leave those He loved alone to face the evils of the world. Jesus was true to that promise and the day that the Advocate became present to the Apostles the community of the church was born.
The Feast Of Pentecost also marks the end of the Easter Season. We will now begin a longer period of Ordinary time in the Church. It is always important to remember that even in ordinary time each and every Sunday is reminder of the gift of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. As we gather for the Eucharist each Sunday we celebrate that gift that the Lord has given to us.
Welcome home to all of our college students who are returning from a year of work and play. We have missed your presence here at the parish and we look forward to seeing all of you and hearing about your year at school. No matter where you travel you are a part of our parish family.
Welcome home also to all of our “snowbirds”. It is great to see all of you looking so well and rested. Thanks for bringing the nice weather back with you. It has been a long winter.
Have a great week. Know that you are loved and live that love. Enjoy the summer. Go Blackhawks!