May 20, 2018
Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth. This Pentecost Sunday we recall how the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and the Church was brought forth into the world. The Holy Spirit has been constantly at work each and every day throughout History since the day of Pentecost. It has been inspiring the hearts of many people to live the Gospel teachings and virtues. That is why we continue to pray, Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth, because we are the face of the earth; we who were made from the clay of the earth and give the breath of life. We constantly seek to be renewed by the life-giving Spirit of God.
In my short time here at Blessed Sacrament, I see how the Holy Spirit is working so great in the hearts of the parishioners, renewing this parish in many great ways. The best way is through the many hours of Adoration this parish gives to the Eucharist. The time a person spends before the Blessed Sacrament renews not just the person, but renews the parish and all those that the person comes in contact with. I also think of the different services organizations that seek to help others: St. Vincent de Paul society, Knights of Columbus, Altar Society, and Men’s Club to name a few. I could go on and on with all the opportunities that the Holy Spirit provides through the Stewardship pillars of Hospitality, Prayer, Formation, and Service here at Blessed Sacrament.
This summer I want to invite you to allow the Holy Spirit to bring you deeper into your faith through one of the three formation opportunities corresponding to each of the parish’s priority plan. If the Holy Spirit is calling you to go deeper into enhancing your Sunday Mass experience, Fr. Andrew and Fr. Adam will be facilitating the 3-part series called Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist. This study will examine effects of the sacrament, its setting in the Mass, and explore its scriptural foundation. It will help a person come to a deeper understanding of Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist that invites us into an intimate union with God himself.
If the Holy Spirit is drawing you to cultivate your spiritual life, I will be offering a 7-week series examining the book: The Discernment of Spirits. This study is meant to give you a beginning look at St. Ignatius’ Rules of Discernment and how their insights are helpful to our spiritual growth.
Lastly, the Holy Spirit may have put in your heart a desire to live the new evangelization. We will be offering a study on the book by Sherry Weddell: Forming Intentional Disciples. This formation opportunity is meant to provide tools and resources to “break the silence,” initiate conversations, share the story of faith, and begin walking the path of discipleship together.
St. Basil the Great wrote, “The Spirit is the source of holiness, a spiritual light, and he offers his own light to every mind to help it in its search for truth.” May the Holy Spirit who enlightens the Church and her members, continue to guide each of us into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Father Andrew Heiman