From the Friars!
1. What is Fr Steven’s role at Holy Spirit Parish? Well… you now have two priests to serve our parish. Fr Patrick and I sharing parish responsibilities to grow our community’s gifts and talents for the work of the Gospel. We are Franciscans meaning we celebrate each Friar’s uniqueness and quirks! (and know very few of our plans are written in stone). An example of our planning is: normally, Fr Patrick will preside at Masses on Monday and Tuesday while I will preside at Masses on Wednesdays, Thursdays and First Fridays. Normally, for Masses on Saturday and Sunday we will alternate Weekends. Please note “normally”. Another example is that we will alternate writing the “From the Friars” piece for our Bulletin. I will also branch out from our parish to ecumenical and interfaith activities and other concerns as they may arise. So, I do not expect to be bored! The Friars here and at St Peter Claver form one Franciscan fraternity. We began planning our lives together. We pray evening prayer and have dinner together. We will have times for “Faith Sharing” and just enjoying each other (actually, we do that pretty much always!) So… we begin! May the Lord bless the lives and ministry of the Parishioners of Holy Spirit Parish and the Friars.
2. General Intercessions at Mass: In paragraph 285 of his encyclical FRATELLI TUTTI (signed on Oct 3, 2020), Pope Francis makes an appeal. The appeal is for peace, justice and fraternity. Pope Francis gives us 11 appeal statements each beginning with “In the name of…” Each week we will add one of these appeal statements to our General Intercession at our Weekend Masses. All peace and goodness, Fr Steven OFM
David Pawley, George Levya, Rose Vrabel, Penny Ricketson, Toni Siebenmorgan, Theresa White
Monday, October 19 In Memory of Patrick O’Malley (Requested by Debra Beck)
Wednesday, October 21 In Memory of Chuck Baker (Requested by Petra Baker)
Saturday, October 24 In Memory of John Baptist Vu (Requested by Bich Vu & Ngan Vu)
Covid-19: A Prayer of Solidarity
For all who have contracted coronavirus, We pray for care and healing. For those who are particularly vulnerable, We pray for safety and protection. For all who experience fear or anxiety, We pray for peace of mind and spirit. For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety, We pray for policies that recognize their plight. For those who do not have adequate health insurance, We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone. For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status, We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all. For our brothers and sisters around the world, We pray for shared solidarity. For public officials and decisionmakers, We pray for wisdom and guidance. Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all. Grant peace. Grant comfort. Grant healing. Be with us, Lord. Amen.