With the close of the Easter Season we are back into Ordinary Time on the liturgical calendar. But, this Sunday and next Sunday we will not see the priest and deacon wearing the green vestments of Ordinary Time because Pentecost is follow by two great feasts of the church year; Trinity Sunday followed by the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.
In a way I have always viewed these three great feasts as strongly connected together. They teach us about the nature of God as Trinity and the mystery of how God has called us to live in that divine Triune community of love. Through the Paschal Mystery Jesus opened for us the pathway to eternal life with God. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, Jesus has enabled us to be new creations in His love, and through the Holy Spirit he continues to teach us and guide us. Also, through the power of the Holy Spirit he has left us the gift of His Body and Blood to infuse us with his presence, that we as Church, as the living Body of Christ in the world, may grow in holiness and be drawn into the oneness of God. We may never experience that oneness completely until we rest in the divine presence of God in heaven, but as we journey together as church may we strive to be one with the mind and heart of Christ in service to one another and all our brothers and sisters throughout the world.
On Pentecost Sunday, we prayed over the names of parishioners who accepted nominations to serve as Council members. After we prayed the following names were selected: Pat Berry and Alice Sheerer Pat and Alice will serve three year terms. Also, appointed to the Council for a two year term was Tim Quill. I thank you for your willingness to serve. I pray that the Holy Spirit will give the new members of the Council the wisdom and gifts they will need as they begin this new role of service.
June is a month of transition for our Pastoral Council. We will be holding a picnic meeting at the rectory in Aurora on June 15that 6:00 p.m. The new council members who are beginning their terms of service are asked to attend the June meeting. The current Council and the new members will share a picnic meal together before the business aspect of the meeting is conducted. I would like to thank all the members of the Council for their service to our parishes. As we welcome new members I would like to thank the out-going members for their time of service Val Collins, Fred Palmer and Carol Quill, who served as chairperson this year. I thank them all for their willingness to serve as Pastoral Council members and pray that the Holy Spirit will give them direction as to how they can continue to serve God’s people in the future. Remember we are all called by God to serve in one way or the other throughout our lives!
Also appointed to next year’s Council is Monica Groth as youth-rep. Monica served on this year’s Council and has agreed to serve for one more year. Also, remaining on the Council from this year to next are Sharon Culver, John Haggerty, Bob Hazelton and Elisa VanAmburgh. Please keep the newly formed council in your prayers that God will always give them good counsel and help us as a parish to do God’s will.
God bless you,