With the close of the Easter Season we are back into Ordinary Time on the liturgical calendar. But, the next two Sundays we will not see the priest or 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.
As we select new Pastoral Council members from our Spirit Bowl on this Feast of Pentecost, I thought it would be good to once again share with you our parish Vision and Mission statements to help us reflect on how we as parishes are called to be God’s instruments of evangelizing our neighborhoods, our parish, our country and ultimately our world. This Feast of Pentecost reminds us that Jesus has kept His promise; He has sent to us the Holy Spirit to teach us and empower us to love one another as He has loved us. Let us always remember to draw our strength from the Holy Spirit to do the will of the Father as Jesus did. In doing so we will help to fulfill the mission of God and be drawn into the loving relationship of God. Below you will find Good Shepherd Catholic Community’s Vision and Mission statements.
This coming week I will be on the Diocesan Priests Retreat at Notre Dame Spiritual Center in Canandaigua. Please keep me and the priests who will attending in your prayers.
God’s blessings and peace, Father Bill
To live by faith, to be known by Love, to be a voice of Hope
Nurtured by the Word of God and the Eucharist, we are called to be a living exam example of God’s love. We defend our faith like St. Michael, spread hope and love like Our Lady, and evangelize by following the example of St. Patrick. We gather together to protect the weak, support the needy, promote mercy, and encourage those who have drifted away from the faith to return to the loving folds of God’s flock.