Calling All Samaritans! (My Weekly Update)

Happy Thursday, everyone!

In this Sunday's Gospel we hear the parable of the Good Samaritan, no doubt one of the most familiar of Jesus's parables. It comes after a scholar of the law, with whom Jesus is speaking, asks the Lord, "Who is my neighbor?" That question is certainly worth some prayerful reflection. Take a few minutes and read through this Sunday's scriptures so you're better prepared to receive God's word at Mass.

And now, on to some updates...

THIS WEEKEND AT HOLY SPIRIT: We welcome Mr. Daniel Villar who will be speaking at all Masses about migrant ministry. His visit comes as part of the Mission Co-Op Appeal held annually here in the diocese. Check out last week's update for more information.

HAITI MINISTRY DINNER & FESTIVAL: Please plan to join us on Saturday evening, July 16, after the 5:00 Mass for a cookout to support our twin parish, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, in Seau D'Eau, Haiti. Tickets will be on sale at the door for $7 (one meat) or $9 (two meats). All meals come with two sides and a drink. Thanks to our Haiti Ministry and Men's Club for hosting what I'm sure will be a fun evening for a good cause.

PRAYING THE LITURGY OF THE HOURS: When a man is ordained a deacon, he promises to pray the Liturgy of the Hours "with and for the people of God." Are you praying the Liturgy of the Hours? Would you like to learn what it is, and how to pray this prayer of the Church? Learn more about the Liturgy of the Hours in a presentation by our seminarian, Scott Campolongo, next Tuesday 7/12 at 7pm or Wednesday 7/13 at 1:30pm. The presentations will be in Activity B. To put our formation "to work" we'll be praying Vespers (Evening Prayer) next Thursday evening following Mass.

NEW(-ISH) CONFESSION TIMES: It's been a few weeks since we implemented new, expanded times for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, now Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:30pm. A reminder that as long as there are people waiting, I'll continue to hear confessions until a few minutes before the "hard stop" of 6:15 Mass on Tuesday or Benediction at 6:00 on Thursday. These times were expanded in response to a growing number of faithful seeking God's mercy in this sacrament, and I am overjoyed and humbled to be a part of it. Remember that if these times aren't convenient for you, I'm also available by appointment.

There is much more happening around the parish, so stay tuned for more posts in the days ahead. I'm looking forward to seeing you at Mass this weekend, if not sooner, and in the meantime I'll be praying for you. God bless!