pastor1My Dear Friends,

This weekend, we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. Pentecost is considered to be the birthday of the Catholic Church in particular and Christianity in general. It is the day that commemorates the Holy Spirit coming down on the early disciples, emboldening them in their Faith and giving them the necessary zeal and fire to become good missionaries of the new religion.

At St. Mary Parish, we are celebrating Pentecost with a fair advertising some of our main ministries. In our faith tradition, we hold that each of us is given certain gifts. We further believe that every gift we receive is social in nature. In other words, each of our gifts is to be used for the common good. We are never to hoard or ignore our gifts. Some people, for example, are called to exercise their gifts in hidden ways, while others are called to be more in the spotlight. All gifts are important to build up the Kingdom of God here on Earth. Therefore, Pentecost is an ideal time for each of us to ask, “What are my gifts?” and “How am I using them for the Church?”

I am very happy to report that Padre Alex, the Vicario of our sister parish in Honduras, will be visiting us from May 21-31. During his visit, he will hopefully be inducted in the Knights of Columbus in Burgaw where they have a Spanish-speaking Council. Padre Alex basically speaks no English, but if you have never met him, you’ll “feel” his joy and enthusiasm and youthfulness. He is 35 years old and has been ordained about 2 years.

Padre Alex better get plenty of rest while he is here, because from June 3 – October 31st, Padre Gerardo, the Pastor of our Sister Parish, will be at St. Mary Parish studying English. That means Padre Alex will be the only priest for his parish of 80 churches and 50,000 parishioners!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father Bob