News From Father Todd
The weeks following Easter Sunday lead us to the great celebration of Pentecost. Jesus promised his Apostles that he would not leave them alone but that he would send them a helper. That helper is the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit keeps us forever connected to Jesus and equips us for our mission to be witnesses to Jesus to the very ends of the earth. Pentecost marks the birth of the Church and, as such, is our birthday and birthdays need to be celebrated. There are several special ways by which we will mark Pentecost Sunday this year.
Our Small Church Communities will host a very special Pentecost Celebration on Sunday, June 4. All parishioners are invited to a prayer service in church at 5:00 p.m. which will be followed by a pitch-in supper in Monsignor Schafer Hall. What a great way to celebrate our birthday! St, Mark currently has seven Small Church Communities that meet regularly throughout the year in small groups for prayer, reflection and fellowship. These communities are one of the many manifestations of the Holy Spirit at St. Mark and we thank them for hosting a parish-wide Pentecost celebration.
On Pentecost Sunday we will also discern three new members to serve on our Parish Pastoral Council. The Council is an important leadership group in the parish that meets each month with the pastor to reflect on all aspects of the life of the parish and to respond to the movement of the Holy Spirit in our midst. Parishioners who feel called to this service to the parish community are asked to fill out a self-nomination form and to place the form in the box located at the Mary Lynn Cavanaugh Welcome Desk by next Sunday.
Monsignor William Stumpf will continue the custom established some years ago by Archbishop Buechlein and continued by Archbishop Tobin of confirming adults on Pentecost Sunday. Saint Mark parishioners who have not yet been confirmed in their faith and who would like to receive this special sacrament should contact Deacon Tom.
Finally, we will continue the custom of reading the Prayers of the Faithful at the 9:30 a.m. Mass on Pentecost Sunday in the many languages of the parish. The Holy Spirit brings people of different languages and cultures together in the profession of one faith. We are extremely blessed at Saint Mark to have members from every
continent as part of our community of faith. This, too, is a work and a gift of the Holy Spirit!
See you at Mass!