Dear Friends, I hope you are all well and continuing to Stay Safe.
Although our churches remain closed, you'll no doubt be pleased to know that preparations are well in hand for the day when we can fling the doors of St Kenelm's open and welcome you all back inside. Obviously, things won't be the same as they were previously and we'll have to get used to a 'new normal', whatever that may be, but it will be great for us to meet again, and I am very much looking forward to that. It's been a long time!
Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. This Feast is always celebrated on the Sunday after Pentecost and reminds us that the God we love and worship is One who reveals himself in a unity of three Persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Over the years, many great minds have employed different methods to explain the Trinity - an egg (yolk, white, and shell), an apple, (seed, flesh, and skin), and St Patrick used the Shamrock, but helpful 'though they are, none of these can fully illustrate or define the beauty of the God who made us, the God who saves us, the God who is with us now, calling us into an eternal communion of love with Him and with each other. Our God is a great God and He is the One we celebrate today and everyday.
If you haven't already seen it, watch 'Fr Joshua Waltz's Vocation Story'' (55 minutes) on YouTube. Fr Waltz is a priest of the Diocese of Bismarck in North Dakota and he tells the story of his journey to the priesthood in a very entertaining way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqATi2zbaBw
Promoting Religious Vocations is a responsibility we all share. Pray for more vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life, and I actively take this opportunity to encourage any young man or woman reading this to consider that God may be calling YOU to serve Him as a priest or Religious. Furthermore, I invite you if you want to find out more, to see me!
Fr Gerry x