The Work of the Spirit

Dear Parishioners and Visitors,

The Work of the Spirit

There are Different kind of spiritual gifts but he same Spirit: there are different forms of service but the same Lord: there are different working but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is give for some benefit.- 1 Cor 12:4-7

As I was reading the periscope above, I was thinking about  all  the ministries at Holy Rosary Parish. The faces of many ministry leaders came to mind beginning with the ministry of the brothers of our Dominican Community and others such as the Knights of Columbus, the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, the Pro-Life ministry, the Heritage Girls, the Faith Formation Programs, the Young Adult and Youth Ministry, the Music Ministry and the Children's Choir, the Wednesday Lunch, the Sunday Coffee, the ministry of all who help with the cleaning and decoration of the Church during the liturgical seasons, the COOL group, the Finance  and Pastoral  councils,  the Lay Readers,  and many  others. I have been amazed to see how the Spirit is  working  for  a common benefit,  the common good of the whole parish. This is very important for leaders in ministry to keep in mind: the Work of the Holy Spirit is for the common good of the Parish and the Church. Sometimes ministry leaders have the temptation to think or believe that their leadership is at the service of just a particular group within the Parish or the Church. When this way of thinking becomes the way of operating, the community of believers are at risk of becoming an anti-testimony of the Gospel message that proclaims that Jesus gave his life for all.

I have seen the dedication of so many leaders and volunteers here at our parish and I am very grateful for all the support I received while I was Pastor. I encourage all of you to continue listening to the voice of the Spirit and to have the Christian freedom Jesus came to give us on the Cross to allow the Holy Spirit's movement and work continue in the present time. I especially encourage you  to support our recent established ministries: the Young Adult, the Youth Group, and the Children's Choir. Also, I invite you to welcome the new Faith Formation Director who is coming to serve the Parish, Mr. Phu Nguyen. I also encourage you to continue supporting the Faith Formation programs of the parish.

As many of you might know by now, my service as pastor came to an end last Tuesday. I am very  grateful  to all of you!  I assure  you of my prayers  and I ask you to please pray for me and  for  every  priest  in the  world.  I invite  you to offer your support to Fr. Alberto as he serves  as administrator,  and to Fr. Peter Damian and Fr. Hung Tran as they rems in ministry here. I also invite to welcome your future pastor when the times comes. May the Lord continue the work of salvation through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. May our Lady of the Holy Rosary continue interceding for us all!

—fr. Jorge Rativa, O.P.