Sixth Sunday of Easter

This weekend we celebrate the Sixth Sunday of Easter – a weekend filled with celebrations.  On Friday, Bishop Cistone ordained two young men deacons, Stephen Blaxton and Adam Maher.  We have been praying for them and I ask you to continue to pray for them as they serve the Church as deacons and continue to prepare for priesthood.  Pray that they serve the Church faithfully and whole-heartedly, and pray that they continue to remain open to God’s grace and call to the priesthood.  Also, please pray for all those in formation and those discerning a call to priesthood, religious life, and lay ministry.  As you know, the Church does need individuals willing to devote their lives to the service of God and the Church.


Saturday, at the 4:00 PM Liturgy, we celebrate the baptism of Charlotte Lynn Sweatland-Hodder.  She becomes the newest member of the faith community.  We congratulate her parents, God-parents, grandparents, and extended family.   By our prayers and witness to the faith Charlotte has embraced, we pledge our support in helping her parents, God-parents, and all who care for her in their responsibility for her formation in the Catholic faith.  Charlotte, may you grow in your love for Jesus who invites little children to come to him.


Sunday, we honor our parish graduates at the 9:30 AM Eucharist.  Congratulations, Brenna Kaye Baumia, Chloe DelValle, Emily Hosmer, and Brandon McDonald on your graduation!   We take take pride in your accomplishments at this milestone in your life!  Thank you for the gifts you have shared with your school, the community, and the church over the years.  Know that we will hold you in our thoughts and prayers as you embark upon new adventures in learning.  May you seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance and wisdom as you follow your dreams and come to understand how God is calling you to use your special gifts to serve him and others.  Commencement for Chloe, Emily and Brandon at Carrollton High School takes place May 25.  June 5 is commencement for Brenna who graduates from Nouvel Catholic Central High School.


In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus promises to send the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth who will remain with us always.  This week, let us reflect upon the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  Does our dependence upon the gifts of the Spirit cause us to be faithful disciples of Christ who obey God’s commands and reflect his love in our Church and in our world?


It is two weeks until Pentecost when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church.  Please wear read to help enhance the liturgical environment on June 3 and 4.        


Blessings on your Easter Days!

Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ