June Message From Father Peter
Dear Parishioners and Beloved Friends,
Christ Is In Our Midst! He Is and Ever Shall Be!
It is hard to believe that our fifty day Paschal Season has come to a close and that the Great Feast of Pentecost is here!
I love how we celebrate this feast in our parish. Following the tradition of our ancestors as faithfully preserved by our ever-memorable sacristan, Helen Rowland, our church is abundantly laden with greenery from birch trees. Karen Ivers’ sister Deb, does an amazing job of preparing swags of greenery which are placed everywhere. This, along with beautiful red roses which symbolize the fire of the Holy Spirit, lets us know in no uncertain terms that on this feast day we celebrate new life in the Church which comes from the Most Holy Spirit.
It is my prayer that we will all be strengthened in body and soul and spirit, as we re-experience the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Church on this Great Feast. On this day, may we invite the Holy Spirit, to come and dwell within us, so that we may receive anew its life-giving fruits: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. With the Holy Spirit, alive and active within us, we will have the power to overcome the mountain of sickness, struggles and other trials and tribulations that we are presently experiencing in our parish community.