Building and Tearing Down (My Weekly Update)

A blessed Friday, everyone! In these days of Ordinary Time, Jesus is teaching us a great deal about prayer and how to live as His disciples. I have felt overwhelmed at times in my own daily prayer reflecting on all Jesus is sharing -- it certainly can feel like drinking from a fire hydrant! This Sunday we hear the challenging parable of the "Rich Fool," who just can't seem to build barns fast enough. This parable offers us so many lessons, including some surprising ones about the life of the Church. More on that this weekend, but in the meantime, take some time to prayerfully read through Sunday's scriptures to better prepare yourself to hear them at Mass.

Now, a few updates...

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Our second week of VBS just finished, this time for our 3rd-5th grade youth. Thank you to everyone who has made this week and last such a joyful, faith-filled time. I suspect I'll have some of our VBS songs stuck in my head for a while...perhaps even until next year!

NEW BEGINNINGS: With summer quickly winding down and a new formation year on the horizon, new beginnings are certainly ahead for many of us, including a few here in the office. After many years of service in a number of roles, Katrina Cruz steps down as our Director of Religious Education this week. She has served this community with a deep and abiding love of Jesus and His people, and her joyful witness will be missed by so many of us. I join our entire parish community in wishing her well and accompanying her with our prayers as she begins a new chapter with her family. Next week we officially welcome Constance Hull to our ministry team as she begins serving as our Director of Faith Formation. More about that in this weekend's bulletin and in the days to come.

THANK YOU, SCOTT: Speaking of new beginnings, seminarian Scott Campolongo, who has served with us this summer, concludes his assignment this weekend. He will return to Mount St. Mary's Seminary at the end of August to begin his second year of formation. Scott has been a tremendous blessing to our entire parish community and to me personally, and I know we will keep him in prayer as his discernment continues. I look forward to welcoming him back to Holy Spirit for Christmas and again for Holy Week.

PRAYER REQUEST: I traveled to Richmond this week for the funeral of Susan Cogut Mankad, the older sister of Fr. Danny Cogut, my beloved brother priest and ordination classmate. Susan was just 41 years old and is survived by her husband and four young children. Many of you will remember Fr. Danny from his pastoral year assignment here at Holy Spirit. Please join me in prayer for Susan's soul, as well as for Fr. Danny and his family during this extraordinarily challenging time.

Eternal rest grant unto Susan, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.