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posted May 31, 2017, 6:52 AM by Kathy Middendorf

Fr. Adam named Pastor of Adams County Parishes


I am pleased to announce that it is official.  As Dean of the
Hamilton Deanery I have received a copy of the appointment by the Archbishop of Fr. Adam Puntel as pastor of St. Mary Queen of Heaven, Peebles and Holy Trinity, West Union.  I am very sorry to lose Fr. Adam as our Sunday Celebrant, but I am also grateful for the time he shared his ministry with us.  He is a very good man and a very good priest.  I have no doubt that the Holy Spirit will work through him to produce great things in Adams County.  Please support him with your prayers.


St. Ann will host a going away reception from Fr. Adam after the 11:00 a.m. Mass at St. Ann on June 18.  Sacred Heart will do the same on June 25.  More specifics will be available in next week’s bulletin.


Please Remember


This is just a reminder that all active priests of the Archdiocese are required to attend the convocation in Columbus from June 19 to June 22.  There will be no availability for morning Masses or even Funeral Masses on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday June 20-22.  I have made provision at each parish for a communion service each day.  Funerals will of necessity be delayed.


Sunday Celebrant for St. Ann and Sacred Heart


I have spoken to an old friend of mine from seminary days who recently retired.  He was ordained two years before me in 1975.  He has indicated to me via the telephone that he is willing to help us keep the existing Sunday Mass schedule at St. Ann and Sacred Heart.  Nothing is official as yet, but it seems we may have a solution for the loss of Fr. Adam.  More information will follow as plans are formalized through Bishop Binzer.


Festival Bid and Buy Booth


We have a display of Easter Eggs in the Narthex, each depicting some item needed for the bid and buy booth at the festival.  Taking one of these eggs will assure the bid and buy organizers that they can expect this donation for the booth for the festival.  Please consider at least looking at the options and consider if you can make the commitment of taking an egg. 


Defibrillators for Church and School


Parish Council has approved the installation of modern defibrillator units in church and near the gymnasium.  The units are self-instructing in that a voice in the unit verbally instructs the user at every step.  Even though the fire department is across the street, if we use the units one time, they have fulfilled their emergency purpose.  The one for Church will probably be located on the wall in the usher’s room.


Reflection on Scripture


Pentecost is my favorite Solemnity.  Christmas and Easter are great, but Pentecost is the feast celebrating the beginning of the “Age or Time of the Church.”   Jesus established the Eucharist at the Last Supper and proclaimed the Kingdom of God throughout his public ministry.  When Jesus ascended to the Father, he confirmed his divinity and revealed our destiny.  But think of it: fifty days after Easter Jesus has ascended to the Father in Heaven and the disciples were huddled in the upper room quite frightened.  They had already seen the resurrected Jesus, so they understood the truth of his Divinity.  But they were still afraid of being arrested and crucified.  And then all of the sudden, the Breath of God, a mighty wind like the Ruah Elohim (the breath of God) which hovered over the waters at creation, came to rest on each of them like tongues of fire.   Suddenly they were empowered with prophetic zeal and began to preach publicly.  They stopped worrying about themselves (stopped hiding in the upper room) and got busy with the work of building up the Kingdom of God. 


I have seen the power of the Holy Spirit change the hardened heart, explain the inexplicable, bring peace in the midst of conflict, and even change the unchangeable certainty of human nature.  The Holy Spirit is like a train locomotive.  You can either jump on and ride to places you can’t imagine; or you can stand on the tracks and be run over by it!  The Holy Spirit of God, the Third Person of the Trinity, always gets His way.  Don’t be foolish and stand on the tracks because you think you can divert or stop a train!  Use the Sacrament of Confirmation you received and invite the Holy Spirit to take charge of your heart and soul.  Believe me, it is the most astounding “thrill ride” you will ever experience, and the destination of Heaven is assured.


Readings for the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity


Ex 34:4b-6, 8-9

2 Cor 13:11-13

Jn 3:16-18


Theme:   Rejoicing in the Mystery