This Sunday marks the third anniversary of the attempted firing of our beloved Parish Staff and of the subsequent takeover of Holy Spirit Parish.
To commemorate this day and to reunite us as a community family, we extend an invitation to all of those parishioners who left Holy Spirit over the last three years because of this controversy, to join us in celebration of Holy Mass during our regularly scheduled 8:30 Mass on June 18, 2006.
This is not a time of protest, but a time to visit with old friends and remember the parish family that we once were and to remind ourselves of the ongoing struggle that our staff and fellow parishioners still face today. It will be a time to pray for the leadership guidance of our bishop and pastor.
We remain faithful Catholics and despite many of us being removed from our ministries or being prohibited from participating in parish activities, Holy Spirit Parish is still our home and we would welcome you and your family back, even if only for one Sunday, to join us during this time of prayer, remembrance and spiritual renewal.
In remembrance of that day three years ago and of all that has subsequently taken place at Holy Spirit Parish, we encourage you to join us in wearing a small red ribbon during this Mass and throughout the following week, in hopes that it will allow us to remember those acts of retaliation that a bishop of the Catholic Church, His Excellency, Bishop Raymundo J. Peña, took against his church workers for exercising their legal right to union representation. We would welcome your participation in this non-mandatory endeavor, as well.
There are other activities planned for the remembrance of June 18, 2003 and we recommend that you contact one of us for further details.
May the peace of the Lord be with you always,
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