April 9th, 2017
Dear Parish Family,
Two weeks ago, I presented five projects which are local needs that call for our immediate attention. With them, I called for a Capital Campaign to take care of the needs of our parish. Several of us began to pray for the success of this Capital Campaign. Allow me to share with you today a prayer which we wrote asking the Holy Spirit to guide us during this Capital Campaign.
Beloved Holy Spirit, Spirit of Justice and Wisdom,
thank you for the many blessings you have bestowed on our parish,
in particular, the gift of community and the gift of family life.
We, the families of St. Patrick Church,
Come to you asking for your guidance
as we care for the parish entrusted to us.
We acknowledge the sacrifices made by those before us,
and in turn, ask you to strengthen us
to be good stewards of St. Patrick Parish,
As we make our thoughtful response
to the St. Patrick Church Capital Campaign.
Enlighten us to make decisions and sacrifices
which will continue to make our parish
a welcoming place where we can joyfully
gather to pray, teach, learn, and glorify God.
Help us to see that our sacrifices will become
a spiritual blessing, not just for us,
but for those who will come after us.
We ask this through Christ, Our Lord.
I encourage you to continue to pray for the success of the Capital Campaign. I am looking forward to celebrating Holy Week with you.
God bless you all.
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Rev. Johnson Lopez
Father Lopez is Pastor of Saint Patrick Catholic Church in Rochelle, IL.