Pentecost is sometimes referred to as the “birthday of the Church.”  The Church is the community of all the baptized, and the Church exists to make Jesus known and through Jesus to reveal our heavenly Father and His love for all that he has made.  We are baptized; we are the Church.  We make Jesus known through Word, through Sacrament, and through service.  Today we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit who descends upon us still today when we open our hearts with a “Yes” to God.  The Holy Spirit inspired the first disciples to reach out and to announce the Good News of salvation.  The same Holy Spirit wants to animate our efforts to speak, to worship, and to serve.

As we strive to live by the Holy Spirit, he will stretch our comfort zone and prompt each of us to take on new roles in the mission of the Church – or continue in present ministries with new ardor.  This remains important, having only one pastor for all three parishes of our region.  To that end the regional faith formation team has begun to meet and I hope to have parishioners volunteer to better coordinate our outreach efforts as well.  The nominations for pastoral council was an encouraging sign.

Congratulations to the students and teachers who soon will have completed another year of growth.  Hamilton schools finished this past Friday.  St. Joseph school will finish this coming Friday with graduation Mass on Thursday night.  St. Peter school will finish the following Friday; graduation Mass a week from Tuesday.  It enriches us all to have loving teachers in our community.

What a joy to know, love, and serve the good God.