During the past several years, the people of Old St. Patrick’s Church have begun to re-member (to put back together) and re-assert the greatness of the feast of Pentecost and, in a way, reclaim it as the feast of our mission. We have decided that if Pentecost truly is a celebration of Christ’s gift of the Holy Spirit to the people of God, then we are not only the recipients of this gift, but we must also be ambassadors for it.
Today, it is a bold thing to claim that the Spirit is alive and working in the midst of a community and institution whose brokenness cannot (and should not) be hidden or covered up. And yet, this is precisely why, beginning on this Feast of Pentecost 2012 and continuing toward the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, we launch The Spirit Project: an exciting way that we as a community can heighten our awareness of where the Holy Spirit is working in our midst and then proclaim it to each other and to the world — all to participate in the work of being ambassadors of hope rather than “prophets of doom.”
And so we are invited to linger with this thought:
We believe that the Spirit is at work in our lives.
What does it look like in yours?
Whether through the RCIA process or the North Lawndale Kinship Initiative…whether through artistic expression or a pilgrimage of prayer….whether through a battle with cancer or unemployment, or a victory of healing and reconciliation in relationship…we believe everyone can name an encounter with the Divine. Sometimes, all it takes is an occasion to pause and remember.
Throughout our Llturgies today and our future ministries, presentations, prayer, and Crossroads bulletins in the months to come, we will explore and proclaim the responses you — the People of God and community of Old St. Patrick’s Church — share with us.
Stop by the Church Hall today after Mass, go to our website or mail us your responses, and tell us through prose, poetry, art, music, or any other medium you might be inspired to use: What does the Spirit at work look like in your life?
More than ever, our church and its people desperately need to hear how the Holy Spirit is alive and working. As we conclude this 50-day celebration of the Easter Season, let us be formed in the Spirit of the Resurrection and help to bring new life and hope into a world thirsting for life-giving SPIRIT.