I’ve been thinking lately about what a great symbol our 1,000-year-old baptismal font is. After a thousand years, it still stands strong. This font has stood strong through some of the worst pandemics that humanity has faced:
-flu pandemic of 1968,
-flu pandemic of 1956-1958,
-the sixth cholera pandemic of 1910-1911,
-flu pandemic of 1889-1890,
-the third cholera pandemic of 1852–1860,
and the black death (bubonic plague) of 1346-1353. . . .
and it will still stand strong after the coronavirus pandemic of 2020, as will the Church, as will our parish.
Notice the two peacocks drinking from the chalice on our baptismal font. The peacock is a symbol of renewal, rebirth, resurrection, and immortality. The ancients believed that the peacock had flesh that did not decay after death. The peacock replaces its feathers annually signifying renewal. The peacock has the ability to eat poisonous snakes without harm. Angels are often depicted with four wings made of peacock feathers. What a great symbol of our faith in these challenging times.
Think of the thousands and thousands of baptisms through the centuries in our font. Think of the millions and millions of fingers dipped into “the living water of life.”
As Fr. Walt Bado often says, “We are part of something really, really big, we Catholics!!!”
So stay strong and stay focused.
The mission of the Church through the grace of the Holy Spirit working through the people of God continues now just as it has through all the above-mentioned pandemics and through 2,000 years!!!
Now that spring break is officially over:
RCIA classes with Art Mize will resume via the internet . . .
Campus Ministry small groups resume via internet . . .
CCD catechist will be receiving plans from Sr. Ellen on how to reach out to students during the pandemic . . .
Masses are still being offered . . .
Confessions are still being heard . . .
Spiritual counseling is still taking place . . .
Staff continues to work hard reaching out and doing what we can. . .
And the great people of God continue to be the light of the world by taking care of each other in all the many possible ways we can.
I am so looking forward to the day when we can worship in person and witness more baptisms in our font which stands strong, just like the Church, just like our parish!!!
Offer of Support and Prayers
We want to pass on the news that music minister Marlene Wilson’s brother, Wayne Miracle, passed away yesterday after a long illness. Marlene described Wayne as “a good man who loved Jesus.” So again we come together as a parish to offer our support and prayers to Wayne, Marlene, and her family.
Great news!!!! Soon to be published . . .
Dr. Carol Cottrill, our beloved pediatric cardiologist who died September 2, 2017, touched many lives and was an inspiration to many. We are fortunate that Dr. Cottrill wrote down several stories of her experiences with patients with the hope of one day seeing these stories published in a book. Tom Rolfes and I have been working with a book publisher to get Dr. Cotrill’s book published and I am happy to say that the book will go off to the printers soon. The title of the book is One Lifetime Long: The Heartwarming Memoir of a Pediatric Cardiologist. Can’t wait for everyone to get read these stories by a physician’s physician and an incredible bearer of the light of Christ.
Even though there are no public masses, Fr. Lobo and I still offer non-public masses every day with the primary intention of our masses being for our faith community and for the world.
While there will be no office hours at Holy Spirit Parish/ Newman Center because of the pandemic, Fr. Lobo and I will be available for any emergent spiritual needs or if you find yourself in a vulnerable situation concerning food or medication. My cell phone number is 859-285-9824 and Fr. Lobo’s cell number is 609-457-0049.
Remember, as always, stay close to Jesus and His Mother so we can be a source of love, patience, and kindness. And stay strong and stay focused.