The Spirit of St. Leonard; Driven by the Breath of God!
This coming weekend we will celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit with the great feast of Pentecost Sunday. The apostles were transformed by the arrival of the third person of God or, as referred to by the Hebrews, Ruah Adonai (the Breath of God). It gave them new life, empowered them, and bestowed upon them new strength. In the same way, we need to be open to receive His breath to give us new life and empower us to new things.
Over the last 10 months we have begun a journey of "divine renovation" for the Parish. It is a journey that we hoped would be driven by the power of the Holy Spirit and move us from being a "maintenance parish" to a "missionary parish". The overarching goal of our "divine renovation" here at St. Leonard's is to foster a community where individuals become disciples and every member is committed to worship, to grow, to serve, to connect, to love and to give.
Thus far I have been deeply gratified with the progress that we have made both at an individual level and as a community. We have given our highest priority to worship by "making every Sunday matter". We have provided a road map for growth in discipleship through our "7 Steps to Discipleship". The Alpha and Formed programs have provided an opportunity for all to grow in the understanding of our faith and to better understand how to bring the Gospel message to those who need to hear it. Our Coffee Sundays have proven to be an excellent way for our parishioners to connect with each other and reach out with love to our visitors. Throughout the year many new volunteers have come forward to serve in our Mass ministries and our charitable service organizations and our Stewardship campaign has thus far seen a significant increase in the giving of financial support to the Parish. We have much to be thankful for!
But this renovation won't be finished in one season and eventually should impact us all. My fervent hope is that
St. Leonard's will be a place where you encounter Jesus, are formed in your faith and become ea
ger to head out to spread the "good news" to your family, your friends and your community. Like a ship upon the seas, may the community of St. Leonard's be filled with the Holy Spirit and powerfully driven forward by the
Breath of God!
God Bless! Father Titus
PS: I was away on pilgrimage in Italy on Mother's Day and I always have special thoughts about my own mother in Nigeria on this day. I want to pass on a belated Happy Mother's Day to all mothers at St. Leonard. Furthermore I would like to be the first to wish all of our fathers, Happy Father's Day which is happening on June 18th.