My dear friends,
The Easter season, in white, inspired us with liturgies focused on Christ’s resurrection and redemption. Pentecost, in red, reminded us that the Holy Spirit will be our advocate to God the Father as we accept the challenge to establish Christ’s kingdom here on earth. Now, we begin ordinary time, in green. Yet, this time is far from ordinary!
Just as the apostles had to leave the comfort of the upper room, we are called to witness outside our own comfort zones. The apostles used power from the Holy Spirit to spread the Good News to their world. And, in our time, we must do the same. Through the Spirit we can touch the hearts and minds of our neighbors.
Our summer schedule begins with an Outdoor Flea Market, planned for Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on our resurfaced parking lot. We will provide organization and space that will serve a useful purpose for our local community. It will also give us an opportunity to introduce ourselves to guests and to turn strangers into friends through casual hospitality. Success will depend on strong publicity and an efficient set-up. Can you help?
In mid-summer, we will host a Block Party for our neighbors. On Saturday, July 15, we will convert our parking lot to a neighborhood site for food, entertainment, and education. Delicious summer fare will be offered, and there will be games for kids - perhaps also for adults (rumors suggest a Euchre tournament). Rusty Strings will provide live music with the option of dancing! The Lincoln Park Police have even been invited to show off their pursuit car and to demonstrate their K9unit.
What would summer be without our Summer Bible Camp? Once again we will offer young children, boys and girls entering grades 1 through 5, the chance to hear gospel stories, sing camp songs and gain some exposure to our Christian faith, all in a friendly and fun atmosphere. The program opens on Monday, August 7, and runs through that week from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. We really could use your talent helping with games, crafts and songs. Interested?
Summer fun continues with our traditional Kiddie Karnival on Saturday, August 12th, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are always pleased to entertain children from our community and to attract their families into contact with our St. Michael community! Of course, we will also invite the kids, and their parents, to join us for Mass the following Sunday as we bless the school backpacks and supplies they won during the Karnival.
Then, summer will conclude with our booth at Lincoln Park Days - running from set-up on Thursday evening August 24 throughout the weekend. Many hands and smiling faces are needed to greet and serve our famous corn, hot dogs, brats, and other snacks. Won’t you consider being a part of this important outreach and fundraiser for us?
The Holy Spirit stayed with the Church after the Pentecost wind died down and the flames faded. It is our turn to spread the Word to a waiting world. And, I can feel the Spirit moving here at St. Michael through each and every one of you!
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