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Fr. Mark’s Desk - June 9, 2019
Pentecost Sunday
“The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.”

In the familiar Gospel passage from Luke, Jesus appears to two apostles on the Road to Emmaus. On this road, Jesus appears though the disciples do not recognize him. Recognizing the risen Lord in a post resurrection church is a challenge, even for the disciples. If Jesus is not immediately recognizable, how will we know it is the Lord?!! Enter then, the Holy Spirit! It is the Holy Spirit that will remind us and teach us all we have need to know and recognize. In the Breaking of the Bread, the two disciples will recognize the Lord. In the Eucharist, we pray that the power of the Holy Spirit change the gifts of bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ. Thus, it is the Holy Spirit in all things that helps us recognize Jesus in this post resurrection time. In the Letter to the Hebrews, from last weekend’s Mass, we read, “Christ offered once to take away the sins of many will appear a second time… to bring salvation to those who eagerly await him”. It is the Holy Spirit that gives us gifts we need to ‘eagerly await’. Come, Holy Spirit, Come!

Next Weekend at all Masses we welcome Fr. Thomas Rayar from the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis who will offer our summer mission appeal on behalf of the Diocese of Ootacamund, India. A second collection will be taken.

Also, Fr. Ryan McMillin will be the celebrant of our 9 am Mass next Sunday for those who missed his recent 1st Mass!! Fr. Ryan will begin his first assignment in July at St. James in Arlington Heights.

A few updates: Fr. Auer’s sister, Kathleen Powers, passed away recently. Please keep them in your prayers. Also, Fr. Auer has had a minor health issue of late, which is why he has not offered Mass here recently. I hope he will return soon!!

Meanwhile, Fr. Smith is doing very well at Mercy Circle. Please continue to support him with prayers, and an occasional visit!!

Important Announcement: Beginning Monday, June 24, our weekday Mass schedule will permanently change. We will have one daily Mass on Monday through Friday at 7:30 am. There will no longer be a Mass at 7 am or 8:30 am. All Mass intentions will automatically be placed at 7:30 am. Saturday morning Mass will remain at 8:30 am.

Have a great week!
Fr. Mark Walter - St. Linus Parish Pastor

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