The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kind-ness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Gal. 5: 22-23
The issues of 2020 have placed much of our St Patrick parish life on hold. What has united us this whole year has been the Holy Spirit Project. For twelve months we prayed, “Holy Spirit, ignite your fire in us!” Hundreds of us every weekend asked for his fire and now we want to harvest the fruit of this connection to the Holy Spirit.
We are beginning a special time called the Holy Spirit Fruit Initiative (HSFI). For nine months we will connect to God, gathering these fruits—love, joy, peace, self-control, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and goodness—for us and for many others. The HSFI will have three dimensions. Click here for the HSFI booklet.
First, each parish household is invited to be part of a group called a Fruit Bundle. Each Bundle will connect to a fruit of the Spirit, making its member responsible to ask daily for this fruit. This dynamic will be helped by the use of yard signs and doorknob hangers. Our goal is that each Bundle group will gather, in-person at Country Fest 2021.
Second, we offer Fruit Formation. We will take time to learn about each of the nine fruits and see how to live them in our daily lives.
Finally, there will be Fruit Events that connect us to our parish that allow each parishioner to join together, even when each can participate at different moments and in safe ways. Click here to join our Pilgrimage event.
The HSFI looks to unite us more deeply to God and to each other. Let’s work together and see how the Spirit’s Fruit brings us life!
Blessings, Fr. Mark