CHRIST AMONGST US
Many years ago, during the formative years of Holy Spirit Parish, when we were still having mass at Rayburn Elementary School Cafeteria, our then resident priest, Fr Gus Pacheco, spoke to all of us about the great opportunity that each of us had in establishing a new Catholic parish in North McAllen.
He spoke of a place where parishioners would actually “live out” the teachings of Christ. He told us, numerous times, that if we just concentrated on being “that kind of a parish”, that we would have people of all nationalities, from all walks of life, from throughout the Untied States and Mexico, come to McAllen, Texas, just to visit our church community… to see and experience what that special wonder of Christ, LIVING AMONGST US, could accomplish.
That vision of a true Vatican II parish, as envisioned by Fr. Gus Pacheco, soon became a reality. People of all faiths, from far and near, came to visit Holy Spirit Parish… to experience the GREATNESS of HIS teachings… to be a part of that GREATNESS!
You could truly feel Jesus Christ ALIVE at Holy Spirit Parish… in the attitude of our parishioners… in the reverence of our youth… and in the dedication of our staff.
It was the most incredible place that any of us had ever experienced. It was about being part of a gigantic Christian Family... one that loved, cared for and was concerned about one-another… rich or poor. It was a place where our kids learned right from wrong… and we all learned about Peace and Justice issues… all in the spirit of Christ’s teachings. It was home for us all.
You ask why we fight so hard for our “old” Holy Spirit Parish… why we criticize our bishop for destroying what we had … why we ask, “Why? For what reason… a show of power?”
Hundreds of our former parishioners (family) have now left our parish… some have gone to other Catholic Churches… some to other denominations… others have simply quit going to mass at all. We remember… we cry… and we pray that one day all Catholic Churches will have what Holy Spirit once had. CHRIST AMONGST US!
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