Pastor’s Message 05/21/2017

June 7th, 2017 by Donna in Pastor Message Archive

From the Desk of Father Dennis

“In-Between God”

Jesus sees and hears our needs, though we can’t see, or hear, or touch Him. We believe we have Him with us in His word and in this bread and wine, our food for this moment of our lives. We also believe He has kept His promise to us just as He did for His disciples on Pentecost. He has given us His Spirit. The gift of the Holy Spirit makes Jesus present to us. When He was with His disciples he could only be in one place at a time. Now, because the gift of His Spirit, Jesus is with us in each place and each period of our lives.

As we celebrate His memory again at this Eucharist, Jesus is once again giving us His Spirit. God has come to us in the Holy Spirit, has made a permanent dwelling with each of us and guides our struggling church into its uncertain future. Jesus calls the Holy Spirit our “Advocate.” It’s a word tht means counselor, consoler and mediator. “Mediator” is perhaps the best translation for the Advocate. The Holy Spirit is the ‘in-between God” – the force and energy that binds us together with one another and God so we can experience a peace that only God can give.

The Holy Spirit is our assurance that God stands alongside each of us as we face current challenges and any future bumps in the road. That Spirit helps us navigate our personal issues and helps us make future choices, both as individuals and as church.

– Father Jude Siciliano, OP

 We all rely on our “In-Between God” to help us in times of transition. I have been assigned as Pastor of St. Michael Church (Wooster St.) in New Haven, effective June 29, 2017. Let us continue to pray for one another.

Yours in the Risen One,

Reverend Dennis J. Vincenzo

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