The title of this column, “The Way of the Disciple” came from a little book I appreciated when I was first assigned here as pastor. It captures the fact that our journey has to be shaped by attempting to be a disciple of Jesus who has shown us the way. What this column would become was not anticipated by me. In reviewing several of the articles, I discovered a rich symphony of voices acting as disciples in word. We reached the heights of Steve Phyfe and the depths of Megan Moore. Yet, on a serious note, it has been a blessing for me and hopefully for you as well.
I see the Holy Spirit guiding us into a richer and more meaningful experience of faith in many ways. Jesus speaks to us of his promise to send the Holy Spirit as our advocate. This same Holy Spirit “will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.”
I would like to speak about some of the ways I see the Holy Spirit working in our parish.
1. In the midst of meeting with our Confirmation students (30 minutes each), I have been impressed by the formation they have received. The faith formation material available today is simply better than I think most of us ever experienced growing up.
2. The Holy Week retreat is bearing good fruit in our parish. Overall, it is an excellent model and the importance of small prayer groups is critical.
3. The excitement and planning for Generations of Faith and Youth Formation for next year is excellent. If you have not participated recently or think it will be nothing new, please give it a try.
4. The number of people participating in ministry to our homebound parishioners is constantly growing and improving. When I am asked by a parishioner if they can visit and take communion to a neighbor it is a sure sign of the Holy Spirit.
5. Thank you for your generosity. With my shared position between Pastor and Vocation Director for the Archdiocese, we have needed more staff and it has developed its own richness. You have participated in this richer ministry by allowing it to happen financially. Thank you.
The Catholic Knights at Wartburg actually had elections this year and has a full executive board. This is the first time in years. I am very excited by what they will do in this new year and the years beyond.
What does the Holy Spirit have in store for us next? Who knows! Yet, I just heard from a parishioner a great way of living. He works in research and said, you do not know when something is going to work but you have to work so that you are prepared for the “aha” moment. May we continue to work to be prepared for the “aha” moment of the Holy Spirit.
Sincerely in Christ, Fr David