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The Parking Lot will be CLOSED beginning June 26 through July 1. Please click here to read Fr. Bob's note that is in the June 25 bulletin.

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Fr. Bob's letter to Holy Spirit parishioners will appear on Page 3 of this weekend's (June 3-4) bulletin. Please take a few moments to read it. For your convenience, we have printed it below....   Dear Friends,   Grace and peace to you all!   Parish Feast of the Pentecost Happy Feast of the Pentecost and happy Parish Feast Day!  Today we celebrate that first outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the first disciples over two thousand years ago.  And, we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our parish today as we celebrate our parish feast day.  Truly...

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Thoughts from Fr. Rich

Posted on June 07, 2016 in: Pastor's Thoughts

Thoughts From Fr. Rich   This is the final in a series of articles about where I see Holy Spirit Parish. A parish needs champions, that is people who have a vision about what can be and gather others to bring that vision into reality.  Holy Spirit Parish has many champions. Here are some of the groups and ministries that exist because of champions.    

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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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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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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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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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