Holy Spirit Catholic Church
4754 Smallhouse Rd., Bowling Green, KY 42104
My Dear Parishioners:
Our parish community has changed dramatically over the last 50 years. We have grown from a small, informal gathering to a large, multicultural, multi-generational, multi-talented and gifted community. And isn’t this exactly what we are called to be? The Universal Church began in very humble surroundings. I am positive no one who encountered that great beginning could have ever imagined the great reaches of the Church throughout the world. And the Church continues to grow and change. And so, do we.
As Catholic Christians, this call to action may seem challenging, and perhaps impossible. However, I am confident that as men and women of faith, we can join as a parish community and answer God’s call together. Here at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, we represent a diverse group of individuals. It is our shared interest in Christ’s presence in the Eucharist which brings us here, however it is our differences which make us a lively and unique parish.
When we hear the words “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord and one another” at the dismissal of Mass, we are again being called to “Go and make disciples” both inside the parish and outward to the wider community. This way of living out our faith is at the heart of Stewardship, and it is more than simply part of our Catholic Christian faith; it is central to who we are. “But you are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises” of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
As disciples of Christ, we have been given the opportunity to celebrate His presence among us each week, both in Word and Sacrament. One of the greatest ways to honor God for this amazing gift which has been bestowed upon us is to share our life with Him. Through prayer, participation, and generosity, we can humbly answer God’s call to “Go and make disciples” by simply using the gifts we’ve been given.
“We must consider how to rouse one another to love and good works. We should not stay away from our assembly, as is the custom of some, but encourage one another, and this all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25
My brothers and sisters, I encourage you, as we move forward in another year of grace, to answer God’s call and invite others to do the same. Please join us whenever and however you can in our liturgies, our parish celebrations and in our ministries to the wider community.
May God bless us all on our pilgrimage of life. I remain
A Servant in the Lord,
Reverend Father John M. Thomas, Pastor