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Rediscover Jesus

Posted on May 31, 2016 in: General News

The twentieth chapter, "Radical Love," gives us these thoughts to ponder: POINT TO PONDER: At the end, when you face God, perhaps what he will ask is: How well did you love? VERSE TO LIVE:  "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." Luke 23:462 QUESTION TO CONSIDER: What are you laying down your life for? PRAYER: Jesus, teach me to love with abandon.

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Thoughts from Fr. Rich

Posted on May 31, 2016 in: Pastor's Thoughts

Thoughts From Fr. Rich   This is the third in a series of articles about where I see Holy Spirit Parish. Levels of Collaboration   Loughlan Sofield and Carroll Juliano in their book Collaboration identify four levels of collaboration:            1)co-existence,            2) communication,            3) cooperation, and            4) collaboration.  When I came to St. Blaise in 1996, the...

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Father Rich’s Farewell Weekend     June 11-12, 2016 All are invited Saturday 5:00PM Mass Followed by “BBQ & Potluck Dinner Under the Tent” A-N Bring side dish to share O-Z Bring dessert to share   Sunday After all Masses Coffee & Cake in the Parish Hall   There will be hugs and tears, smiles and laughter as we thank Fr. Rich for 20 years of leading the people of St. Blaise & Holy Spirit.  

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Thoughts from Fr. Rich

Posted on May 24, 2016 in: Pastor's Thoughts

Thoughts From Fr. Rich   This is the third in a series of articles about where I see Holy Spirit Parish. Levels of Collaboration   Loughlan Sofield and Carroll Juliano in their book Collaboration identify four levels of collaboration:            1)co-existence,            2) communication,            3) cooperation, and            4) collaboration.  When I came to St. Blaise in 1996,...

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Rediscover Jesus

Posted on May 24, 2016 in: General News

The ninteenth chapter, "Miracles Abound," gives us these thoughts to ponder: POINT TO PONDER: God wants to see your amaziningness.. VERSE TO LIVE:  "The one who believes in me will also do the works that I do, in fact, will do greater works than these." John 14:12 QUESTION TO CONSIDER: Whose prayer can you be the answer to today? PRAYER: Jesus, teach me to recognize the opportunity for everyday miracles.

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Thoughts from Fr. Rich

Posted on May 17, 2016 in: Pastor's Thoughts

Thoughts From Fr. Rich  This is the second in a series of articles about where I see Holy Spirit Parish   When the Blaise-Lawrence Transition Team was formed to oversee the merger of the parishes, it identified and functioned from four guarantees:   1)   change will occur and at a more rapid pace, 2)   there will be problems, 3)   we are responsible for making this happen, and 4)   God is with us. Let’s look at these four guarantees as they apply to Holy Spirit today.   Change will occur. We live in a fast paced society with ...

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Rediscover Jesus

Posted on May 17, 2016 in: General News

The eighteenth chapter, "Jesus on Lifestyle," gives us these thoughts to ponder: POINT TO PONDER: You need to work on your attitudes toward money, things, and people. VERSE TO LIVE:  "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven." Matthew 6:19-20 QUESTION TO CONSIDER: What is one practical way you can live this teching in the coming week? PRAYER: Jesus, please rearrange my priorities. Help me to live a little bit more like you each day.

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Thoughts from Fr. Rich

Posted on May 10, 2016 in: General News

Thoughts From Fr. Rich  As I leave Holy Spirit, over the next several weeks I will offer a series of articles about where I see Holy Spirit Parish.   Last year all parishes in the Archdiocese were asked to complete a Parish Viability Study.  The Pastoral Team and a Core Group composed of members from each of the Parish Commissions completed a series of statements rating the parish in the following areas:  parish as a faith community, parish as a worshipping and praying community, parish as a community of service and transformation, parish as an evangelizing community and administrating the p...

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Rediscover Jesus

Posted on May 10, 2016 in: General News

The seventeenth chapter, "Radical Relationships," gives us these thoughts to ponder: POINT TO PONDER: Every person is as important and valuable as the person you consider most important and valuable. VERSE TO LIVE:  "Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy." Psalm 82:3-4 QUESTION TO CONSIDER: What is God saying to you through this teaching today? PRAYER: Jesus, open my eyes so I can see every person I encounter each day as you see them.

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Fr. Rich's Letter

Posted on May 03, 2016 in: Pastor's Thoughts

May 1, 2016   Dear Holy Spirit Parishioners,   When we were considering building a new church, a number of parish wide meetings were held. At one of them a parishioner asked “How long will you be here as pastor?”  I answered that it was at the discretion of the Archbishop but added that as I was approaching my 60th birthday I was considering three things: my physical health, my psychological energy to be pastor of Holy Spirit Parish and my relationship with parishioners.   As I approached my 70th birthday in 2014, I addressed these same questions.  As I look at the ...

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ACA 2016

Posted on May 03, 2016 in: General News

The Annual Catholic Appeal is underway...   Please be generous. Here is the link to the video -- You can also find the link under "Quick Links" on the right hand side of our home page. Thank you for your consideration!

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