Today we celebrate the wonderful feast of Pentecost, which marks the bestowing of the Holy Spirit on the apostles and the beginning of the Church, bearing witness, to all peoples throughout the ages, of the presence of Jesus in our midst. We have each been given the gift of our own faith through the feast of Pentecost, and the continuing presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It is my fervent prayer for each of us, and for our families and the entire parish community, that this feast will renew us in our trust in the continuing presence of God’s Holy Spirit in our daily lives.
I will be leaving for Scotland on Wednesday for a month, and so my word this week is full of news about upcoming events. In my absence, Fr Scott will take responsibility for the parish, assisted by Fr Charles, and Br Richard will be responsible for our Redemptorist Community. I am looking forward to spending time with my family. Hopefully the Scottish summer will be kind to me, and that I do not freeze to death! I will take a beanie with me, just in case!
Funeral of Fr Cecil Dowling’s Mother.
By now most of you will have heard of the death of Fr Cecil’s mother. On behalf of our Redemptorist Community, and of the whole parish, we extend our deepest condolences to Fr Cecil and all his family, and pray for the repose of the soul of Mrs. Dowling. Her Requiem Mass will take place on Saturday 10th of June at 10.30.a.m. I am sorry that I will be unable to be present for this, but I know that many parishioners would want to be present to support, in prayer, Fr Cecil and his family.
I would like to inform you that, due to increased work commitments, Tracy Kemp has had to give up her role as coordinator of our Eucharistic Ministers group. On behalf of the whole parish, I would like to thank her for all that she has done over the last couple of years to build up our team through training and her coordination of the monthly roster. Tracy will, of course, continue to be involved in her ministry. I have asked Norma and Joseph September to take over the role as coordinators, and they have accepted this important task. I thank them both for this, and let us all pray that all of our Eucharistic Ministers will continue to work in harmony to serve the needs of the parish, and especially of all our sick parishioners. The proposed meeting, which was due to be held on Saturday 10th June, will be postponed till I return from my trip home.
Our pilgrimage in the footsteps of the Saints.
We are already looking forward to our pilgrimage in September next year, to the sites of our Redemptorist Saints, as well as to Rome and Assisi. Quite a number of people have already expressed interest in this pilgrimage. Shawn Lotters, who will be organising the pilgrimage, would like an indication of the people who are seriously considering going on it. If you are interested, please contact him at infostgerardholytours.co.za or on the cell number 082 543 5762.
Feast of Corpus Christi.
I will not be here as we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi, but I would like to remind you that, in preparation for the feast, we will be having our 40 hours of Adoration, from Thursday 15th June till Saturday 17th June. This gives us an opportunity for all of us to spend some time in quiet prayer, asking God’s blessings on our lives, and those of our loved ones, as well as on our whole parish. I pray that all of you may take this opportunity for a time of prayer and thanksgiving to God.
In the weeks of my absence, Fr Scott will produce the reading material for the bulletin. You may be very glad to have a break from my words! As I look forward to this month with my family, I also look forward to my return and to being at home with my Redemptorist Community and our parish of Holy Redeemer again. Stay blessed.
Fr Gerard, CSsR