Prayer should always be a gratifying experience that brings peace and joy to our hearts and gives us a sense of well-being. The U.S. Bishops Pastoral letter on stewardship highlights Prayer as the foundation that makes stewardship possible as a way of life. This statement should not be a surprise to us, for we know that prayer is essential to establishing and maintaining our unique relationship with God.READ MORE
Jesus calls us to be good stewards, and this may mean different things for different people. So, let’s focus on three major areas: The Lord calls us to share our time in some form, to share our talents with others, and to share our treasure for the building of His Kingdom. God gives us these gifts, but He leaves the choice of how we use them entirely up to us. How people utilize their gifts determines the kind of stewards they are. And, understanding that prayer is the foundation that makes stewardship possible as a way of life is the first step.READ MORE
As followers of our Lord Jesus Christ and members of the Church we are called to be disciples. Today’s readings speak of the blessings our “God and Father of our Lord has blessed us with in Christ as He chose us in him to be holy and without blemish before him.” Just as Jesus’s disciples became stewards of the gifts they received and went off to preach repentance, drive out demons, and anoint and cure the sick, we too are called to be stewards of the gifts God has given us.READ MORE
A few weeks ago, I shared some thoughts about change with you. We certainly have seen many changes in our parish through the years. I think change is an opportunity to reassess our needs before deciding what to do next.
Today I have another change to share with you, Rachelle Kramer has left her position as Music Director at Holy Spirit Catholic Community to pursue studies out-of-state. We thank her for her contributions and wish her well on her journey. A farewell note from Rachelle is below.READ MORE
Whether you lie in bed staring at the ceiling at night or wake up at 3 am and can’t seem to get back to bed, sleep problems are nothing to laugh about. We’ve all heard the saying “try counting sheep”, but when you are five hours away from your work day or a screaming child, there’s little comfort in knowing you could count to 100 and still be up. I know that in my final trimester of pregnancy, sleep was an allusive beast for me.READ MORE
It pleases me to introduce Sister Catherine Stewart to Holy Spirit Catholic Community. She recently joined our parish as the Pastoral Associate and will collaborate with me to continue fostering a sense of community; direct pastoral services and will also assist with the overall management of the parish. Sister Catherine enjoys nature, she grew up on a farm in Nokomis, IL, with two brothers (twins) and a younger sister. She enjoys visiting with her mother Lois and enjoys visiting with her siblings at the farm, especially during harvest time.READ MORE