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“He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
Today at 1:00pm Bishop William Callahan will call the Holy Spirit down upon 43 Juniors from Holy Family, St. Mary’s Greenwood, St. Anthony’s and St. Mary’s Neillsville parishes. Those being confirmed from our three parishes are:
Holy Family: Brittney Artac, Ellie Knodle, Brianna North and Izabel Revier. For St. Mary’s: Trevor Barth, McKenna Brecht, Taylor Gregorich, Hannah Hinker, Kaylee Learman, Cole Lindner, Marcus Marvin, Allison Mayville, Molly Murphy, Torie Opelt, Madeline Pedretti, Paetyn Schmitz, Emily Susa, and Kathryn Volovsek. For St. Anthony’s: Brady Bravener, Dawson Brock, Waylon Froeba, Elliot Genteman, Nathan Harm, Vanessa Hebert, Christina Miller, Rosa Rarick, Dylan Rowley, Brody Scherer, Blain Schmidt, Tanner Troutt, and Gage Wehrman.
After the reading of the scriptures, Fr. Varkey and I will present them to Bishop Callahan. Then their baptism candles will be re-lit. When those candles were lit the first time their parents professed their faith for them. Now they profess it for themselves. Once he has heard for himself that the faith is alive in their hearts, Bishop Callahan will extend his hands over them and pray:
All powerful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, by water and the Holy Spirit you freed your sons and daughters from sin and gave them new life. Send your Holy Spirit upon them to be their helper and guide. Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence. Fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence. We ask this through Christ our Lord. To which the church responds: Amen!
Each candidate will them come forward with their sponsors hand on their shoulder and be anointed with Chrism. Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit. Amen. I don’t expect the church to be shaken like at the first Pentecost. But I am absolutely certain that a powerful interior wind will be blowing as the candidates entrust themselves more deeply to God by taking their lives more fully into their own hands. God will baptize them in the Holy Spirit and fire.
Congratulations to all you parents and grandparents who have been faithful to the promises you made at their baptism. Congratulations to you catechists and teachers who have supported these parents in forming faith in the hearts of these young people down through the years. And congratulations to you candidates for your accomplishment and be assured of our continued support in the years to come.
For as we all know this “entrusting yourself to God more deeply” is never complete. And so even those of us many years from our Confirmation need to give ourselves more deeply. I invite all to take advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Advent season. Next Sunday Reconciliation will be offered in a communal setting at 3:30pm at St. Mary’s in Neillsville. The priest of the deanery will all be present to hear individual Confessions. Communal Reconciliation will also be offered Monday evening December 12 at 7:00pm at St. Bernard’s in Thorp and on Sunday evening December 18th at St. Mary’s in Colby.
We are trying something a bit new here in our cluster of parishes. Because of the Sunday evening Mass I cannot offer a Sunday evening service. And because there are services offered Sunday afternoon and Monday evening elsewhere, our Sacred Worship Committee supported trying a Saturday morning service. It will be Saturday December 17th at 10:30am at St. Anthony’s. Other parishes in other communities have found it a time when many can come. Whatever time you come know he waits to “baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
Lastly just in case people are wonder what is happening with the sound system at St. Mary’s…. We are definitely getting a new sound system and it will be from “Consulting With Clarity “out of Colby. It will be the last one we tried (with the four small speakers along the sides of the church.) Brian, the owner operator, said he thought he could get the main part of the system installed before Christmas. This quick timetable is made possible by an amazing gift from the St. Mary’s Memorial Fund Inc. No fundraiser needed for the new system!
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