Dear Holy Spirit Family,
This will be my last communication to you from the Holy Spirit Parish Office. I hope and pray your summer is going very well.
Thank you for the kind expressions many of you have sent. Thank you for your great love of God and the Church, and above all, thank you for your love for me as your pastor for the past six years.
This week I am being called to leave you physically; however, there is no way I could ever leave you spiritually and emotionally. These past weeks we have been reading in our Sacred Scriptures that the greatest gift God gives to any of us is the gift of love. Each of you has been a true blessing to me, and now, although we say goodbye in the physical sense, we rely on the promises of Christ who says love never dies nor does it fade away. It is something that I will take with me and cherish forever.
One of the most important things we now can do for one another is pray for each other. My prayer will be that this parish will always be a parish guided by the Holy Spirit and protected by our Blessed Mother.
Remember to pray for world peace and to never be afraid of the truth. Above all, never be afraid of God’s love and mercy, knowing we can come back to Him no matter what our past has been. I have preached this for the past six years because we need this – because I needed to hear this. Please do not let fear keep you from the love of the Lord. Stay close to the Sacraments and let God lead you through life.
Love one another! Support one another! Be for one another!
Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand and protect and bless you and your families.
Fr. Richard Storey, Pastor