Fr. Pat Nields, Pastor l 702 West 11th Street l Neligh, NE 68756 l 402-887-4521
Meets every other week on Sundays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
in the parish hall area.
Meetings are at 8 p.m. the first Tuesday each month
Meetings are at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month
Meetings are at 7 p.m. the third Thursday each month
GREETINGS FROM FR. PAT
We celebrated Pentecost last Sunday, the descent of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost concludes the Easter Season. On Easter Sunday we celebrated the Resurrection, later the Ascension (to focus on Our Lord ascending into heaven), and then Pentecost (descent of the Holy Spirit).
At Pentecost, we can reflect that the Holy Spirit gave courage and strength to the first Apostles and disciples to spread the good news, to live the faith, to withstand trials and to face martyrdom. Through the sacrament of Confirmation, there is the out pouring of the Holy Spirit. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, knowledge, understanding, counsel, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord. (CCC 1831) The fruits of the Holy Spirit are charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity. (CCC 1832) The Holy Spirit helps us be the person God wants us to be, helps us to be joyful, generous, and to live a good life.
The Holy Spirit, through the symbol of fire, purifies us, to help us turn away from sin, what harms us. At times not easy, but necessary, purified in fire, we come out stronger and better. The Holy Spirit, through the symbol of water, as we need ordinary water for physical health and well-being, we need the living water of the Holy Spirit for spiritual health and well-being. Consider rain that comes down on a flower garden, producing different colors and sizes of flowers. Similarly, the Holy Spirit produces different spiritual colors and sizes, so to speak, such as understanding of scripture, love and service to the poor, help with self-control, self-denial, fasting/prayer, and even to face martyrdom.
This particular Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. With the Holy Trinity, we focus not on what God does, or what God has done, but who God is. That God is one God in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. How can God be one and three at the same time? It is hard to understand. Knowledge of the Holy Trinity in its entirety is not possible solely by human reasoning. As we believe God is eternal, and we being finite, can never fully understand through our own reasoning and effort.
As stated in the Catechism, “The Trinity is a mystery of faith in the strict sense, one of the ‘mysteries that are hidden in God, which can never be known unless they are revealed by God’. To be sure, God has left traces of his Trinitarian being in his work of creation and in his Revelation throughout the Old Testament. But his inmost Being as Holy Trinity is a mystery that is inaccessible to reason alone or even to Israel's faith before the Incarnation of God's Son and the sending of the Holy Spirit.” (CCC 237)
We need the Holy Spirit to help us, to understand, with the grace of God, to know the truth. As Jesus states to the disciples in this Sunday’s Gospel, “But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, will guide you to all truth.” (Jn 16:13) For example, the truth, as stated in the Catechism, “God himself is an eternal exchange of love, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and he has destined us to share in that exchange.” (CCC 221)
May we continue to pray for the Holy Spirit to come into our lives, that we may come to know more fully the mystery of the Holy Trinity, of who God is and seek to grow in relationship and to grow to what our Lord, through the Holy Spirit, intends us to be and do in our lives. our part. Just my encouragement to consider what God may be leading you in service. Please know of my appreciation for what is already done, so many give so generously of their time.
30 minutes before all Sat. and
Sun. Masses. After 7 p.m. Mass Sat. and 10 a.m. Mass Sun.
15 minutes before weekday Masses
Thurs. evenings in Lent
Sat: 5 p.m. | Sun.: 10 a.m.
During the months of: Dec., Jan., Feb., June, July and Aug.
Sat: 7 p.m. | Sun: 8 a.m.
During the months of: Mar., Apr., May, Sept., Oct. and Nov.
Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
702 W 11th St, P.O. Box 259
Neligh, NE 68756
Fr. Pat Nields, Pastor