Dear Holy Spirit Parishioners
Pax et Bonum (peace and all good--greeting of St. Francis of Assisi).
The Apostle Paul wrote a letter to the Church in Rome to introduce himself before he arrived in Rome. Paul knew about the Christians in Rome and looked forward to preaching the Gospel. He looked forward to getting to know them. I know about your parish and know some of you. I have seen you active in social outreach in Macon. You are good people.
We say goodbye to Fr. David Koetter as he will now pastor Blessed Sacrament Church in Savannah. In your parish hall are pictures of former pastors. I am happy to see a Franciscan Friar among them! They, along with present and past parishioners, built this Christian Community. Fr. Koetter leaves a legacy and carries the best of you with him.
St. Paul did not intend to stay long in Rome. He thought he would witness to Jesus Christ and be quickly martyred. However, he was in Rome two years. My time as Parish Administrator will not be long! In September, the new Bishop or Fr. Firmin, Diocesan Administrator, will name a new resident pastor.
In the meantime, during Covid-19, the Gospel will be proclaimed. Sacraments will be celebrated. Your capable parish staff, the friars at St. Peter Claver and you will certainly help me.
Farewell Fr. Koetter, a good faithful servant. May the Lord bless you as Pastor in your new assignment.
Peace, Fr. William McIntyre, OFM Parochial Administrator
David Pawley, Kathryn Harrison, Karen Hargrove, Tracy Bates Abbott, George Levya, Linda White, Rose Vrabel, Penny Ricketson, Gerry Chesnut, Toni Siebenmorgan, Arnold Peters, Mendy Sullivan, Alexander LeClair, Theresa White, Teddy Tillery, Dewey Stovall
Monday, July 6 In Memory of Susie Miller (Requested by Felicia Seguin)
Tuesday, July 07 In Memory of Anna Tran (Requested by Bich Vu & Ngan Vu)
Wednesday, July 08 In Memory of Marilyn Young (Requested by Bill & Meg Getty)
Thursday, July 09 In Memory of John Baptist Vu (Requested by Bich Vu & Ngan Vu)
Saturday, July 11 In Memory of Chuck Baker (Requested by Jim & Ellen Majewski
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.