Holy Spirit Parish at Geist

From the Desk of Fr. Dan

This weekend is the kick-off for the Adding to the Bricks of God's Kingdom Campaign. In the tr adition of nine-days of prayer, we will be offering a brief prayer at the end of all our daily and
weekend Masses Sept. 15 thru Sept. 23. The prayer is printed in the bulletin and everyone is
encouraged to join in this novena for the success of the building campaign. You can pray this as a family at home, in small faith-sharing groups, alone, or at any gatherings or meetings at church during that time. Remember that"Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in
vain." May we open our hearts and minds to the Holy Spirit and respond to the Spirit's guidance and direction.

I am excited to tell you that the 15th Station of the Cross, the Resurrection has been added to our outdoor Stations and is a wonderful addition. Thanks to all of those people who had the idea, paid for the Station and labored to install the Station. Be sure to check it out the next time you are in the Prayer Garden.

Christian Churches joined together Sept. 1st, to celebrate the World Day of Pr ayer for the Care of Creation and to mark the beginning of The Season of Creation (Sept. 1-Oct. 4). Holy Spirit Parish will mark this season by offering Prayers of the Faithful for creation during the Masses this month; by studying Laudato Si; by joining in an evening of prayer and celebration; and we will conclude the season with a Blessing of Animals Oct. 5th.

On September 25th at 7:00 Jeff Yalden will be giving a presentation in our Church. The session is open to all people free of charge and will deal with the topic of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. The evening is directed toward parents and children age 12 and older. I ask that all parents prayerfully consider attending this evening and bringing your children. Together and with God we deal with these difficult and evil situations so much better.

On October 2, 9, and 16th we are following up on the Jeff Yalden presentation with a book study on the book "Bruised and Wounded: Struggling to Understand Suicide." A few of the books will be available in the parish office for $8.00, after they are gone you can pick one up at any book store or online. The study will be casual, more pastoral than theological. Should you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

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