Pastor’s Corner

Faith Formation Coordinator/Pentecost

Dear Family,

I would like to welcome Emily Ketzner to the ministry team at Precious Blood.  She will be the Faith Formation Coordinator, and in that ministry she will lead and continue to develop the Faith Formation program for all ages in the parish.  She grew up in our parish and has previously been working at Sts. Francis & Clare of Assisi Catholic Church in Greenwood, Indiana leading youth formation and catechesis.  She will begin on July 1.

I would like to again express gratitude on behalf of the entire parish family for the countless hours and dedication that Bonnie Meadows has given for Faith Formation in our parish. We really can’t thank her enough. She has always gone above and beyond in leading the program.  She was always willing to share her faith, encourage others, and to help those in need.  Please in the coming weeks, thank her personally for her ministry at Precious Blood.  We owe her a debt of gratitude for her passion and caring in helping so many encounter Christ in their lives.

This is the feast of Pentecost! This is the great feast that reminds us that God’s mission in this world continues. It also reminds us that God is alive in His Church and still has plans and is speaking to each of us in our hearts. A few questions we can ask ourselves. What is the mission that God has given me? What is God trying to speak to me?

In His Most Precious Blood,

Fr. Brian

 

Happy Easter!

Dear Family,

He is Risen! I want to wish everyone a Happy Easter!  May the joy of this time of new life and the victory of Jesus be with all your families.

We have another member of the family of statues in the Gathering Area.  Joining Pope St. John XXIII and Our Lady of Lourdes is St. Catherine of Siena.  St Catherine was a saint of action who did everything united to Our Lord.  This statue has her carrying bread and holding a lantern. She would go out to find those suffering to give them food.  She also cared for victims of the plague.  She is also wearing a crown of thorns which symbolizes her devotion to the wounds of Jesus.

What unites Pope St. John XXIII and St. Catherine of Siena is their great devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus.

In His Most Precious Blood,

Fr Brian

 

Staff Change

Dear Family,

I want to make an announcement in regards to our staff at Precious Blood.  Bonnie Meadows will be stepping down from being Parish Catechetical Leader (PCL) at the end of June.  We are sad about saying goodbye, but also at the same time send our love and prayers as she begins a new adventure in life.  She will be greatly missed, and we can’t thank her enough for her many years of forming so many in relationship to God, and her presence in this community.  She has inspired us with her passion for faith, joy, and dedication to passing on the treasure of Jesus to all ages. Thank you!

In the near future, we will be posting for the position of Faith Formation Coordinator.  It will be the same position with a new job title.

Holy Week has arrived.  Now is the time to make plans to attend some of the most beautiful celebrations of the year.  Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil allows us to literally walk with Jesus.  We are with him in his passion, death, and victory of the resurrection!

In His Most Precious Blood,

Fr Brian

 

Spiritual Nourishment

Dear Family,

I would like to welcome Fr Ray Brenner to the masses this weekend.  It is always great to have him visit and preside at masses at Precious Blood.  Sunday I will be at the 11 am mass at St Mary’s Ireland for the 50th anniversary of Fr Ehrbacher’s ordination to the priesthood.  Many prayers and blessings for him as he celebrates such a big spiritual milestone.

There is only a few weeks left in Lent.  There is still time to make some Lenten practices if it feels that time flew by.  We still have Stations on Friday, and confessions on Thursday.  There are also deanery penance services.  Spend some time in worship of the blessed sacrament in the adoration chapel.

One thing I could recommend for some spiritual nourishment.  Listen to some podcasts.  This Lent, I have been listening to many talks by Bishop Barron and Fr Mike Schmitz on YouTube.  I have been enjoying adding more listening to spiritual speakers as I go about my daily life.  Sometimes it is good even if they are on in the background.

In his Most Precious Blood,

Fr Brian

 

Chalice – Fr. Ralph Endress

Dear Family,

I want to thank the family of Fr. Ralph Endress for donating his chalice to Precious Blood, so that it can always be a part of our parish.  The chalice was tarnished from age, and they also had it refurbished.  We have already had the opportunity to use it at mass.  The chalice was given to Fr. Endress at his ordination by his parents, and it is inscribed on the bottom of the chalice.  It is likely the chalice that Fr. Endress used for countless masses over the years here at Precious Blood, from the beginning of the parish.

I will be taking Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday off in the following week. There will be no daily mass on Tuesday and Wednesday.  I will be taking some time to rest, and also taking some time for hiking in Hoosier National Forest.  Getting exercise and being out in nature always has a way of refreshing the soul.

In His Most Precious Blood,

Fr. Brian