A Special Evening of Parish Unity

Deacon Scott Maentz Parish News

submitted by Mary Wilson

Friday, March 19, 2021 was a very special evening at Holy Ghost as all of the different parish groups celebrated the Solemnity of St. Joseph. The evening was for many a culmination of weeks of meeting, praying and studying in preparation for Consecration to St. Joseph. The numbers of participants were impressive!

Also impressive was the participation of such a variety of parishioners in the Mass and Procession with both Fr. Bill and Fr. Hendershott whose multilingual skills are reminiscent of the Apostles at Pentecost. Although many of us likely understood best what was said in our own native language, I venture to say we all understood the beauty of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the powerful Eucharistic Procession through the surrounding neighborhood by candlelight, and the efforts of the organizers of the event to bring a very diverse parish as together as we can be, with care and consideration of diocesan and community safety precautions and language and cultural barriers. It was one of the most beautiful events I have attended.

Our parking lot, ordinarily not one of our most beautiful features, was illuminated with strings of lights and decorated tables. There were bountiful flowers, particularly surrounding the amazing St. Joseph statue which led the procession behind the Eucharist and clergy and later was established in a prominent place near the tables. There was music and “wrap-luck” food for much longer than I was personally able to participate. (I love the way some of our parishioners have come up with creative solutions to safely comply with the restrictions of these unusual times!) Thanks to all of you who made this event happen for us to share together and in a small way to share the Light and our Hope with the surrounding world so in need of this.