A Note From Fr. Bob
June 20, 2021
Grace and peace to you!
Happy Father’s Day to all fathers. We wish all fathers the best of days today and offer this blessing for those present for Mass, present virtually, and those who are present in our hearts.
“God our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless these men, that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
Wherever you may be this weekend, I hope all our fathers have a wonderful day doing all the many things they enjoy.
Last week we announced that Archbishop Rozanski is lifted the dispensation to attend Sunday. It just another sign that we are nearing the end of the Pandemic. As we continue to move forward, I have noticed that the pandemic has been a moment for many to re-evaluate the priorities in their lives. For some they have come to realize that they need to spend more time with family. For others, it has been to change jobs. For still others, it has been a decision to retire to dedicate more time to their families. Here at Holy Spirit, we have seen this time of consideration reflected in a number of retirements. Last year Karen Rychlewski, our Pastoral Associate, retired at the end of June. This year, our teachers, Leah Sebacher and Angie Gould both retired at the end of the school year. Shortly, Sharon Kaufman, our Pastoral Associate and PSR Coordinator, will retire at the end of June. Their retirements will bring new faces to our parish staff. We pray for all of them and wish them well.
In that same vein, I am saddened to announce that our beloved Parish Secretary, Mary Welsh, is planning to retire later this summer. Mary has served our parish for the past 13 years with great care and enthusiasm. She has been a wonderful ambassador for our parish as she greets all who call or stop by the Parish Office. It has been a pleasure for me to work with Mary these past 5 years. Mary, you will be missed but we know that you will enjoy your time with your family, especially your grandchildren. We wish you all the best and God’s blessings in your retirement. We have already begun to search for Mary’s replacement. If you know of or can recommend someone for the Parish Secretary position, please contact me or check the Archdiocese of St. Louis website for more information.
Just a little update to last week’s announcement regarding the effect of the lift of the dispensation. So that those who will wear masks to church might maintain social distancing, we will keep every other pew closed in the section of pews in front of the confessional. The remaining sections of the church will be completely open. If you regularly sit in the social-distanced section but do not need to wear a mask, please give priority seating to those who need it. Thank you for your understanding.
Let’s continue to pray for each other this week.