As you know by now, we will welcome Fr. Nathan LaLiberte as our new Pastor beginning in July! Other staffing changes are occurring as we welcome and farewell staff members over the upcoming weeks:
We bid farewell staff member Carol Oldowski, RN, in her role as Parish Nurse. We thank her for her 17+ years of dedicated service to the parish! Though the Parish Nurse position is ending, many of the initiatives and parish groups that Carol served in this role will continue to be ministered to by other staff members in the future, such as the Lunch and Learn series and the ladies’ Mind/Body/Spirit group.
We also bid farewell to Liz Lockhart in her role as Director of Parish Operations. Liz will transition to a new position in the role of Faith Formation Director at St. John the Baptist at the end of July.
The search for a new principal for the school is underway as we wish Mindy Reeder the best of luck in her new position as Principal of St. Michael School in Prior Lake. Thank you for your steady leadership over the last four years!
We welcome Joanne Rachel in the role of our new Accountant. Joanne will serve both the school and the parish business office through her accounting role.
We also welcome Mary Dobson as our newly-hired Director of Evangelization and Faith Formation. Mary will join us in September once she concludes a month-long retreat and finishes up her current job assignment.
Please help make our new staff members feel welcome!
Additionally, we welcome Christopher Dietzen to his new role as parish Trustee. Chris will succeed John Povolny in this role at the parish and joins fellow trustee Tom Burns. We thank John for his many years of tireless leadership! Though there are changes on the horizon for Nativity of Mary, we continue to trust God as He leads us forward through challenges and opportunities. Our mission continues to be to make Jesus Christ known and loved!
In our Catholic faith, we have Mysteries. Commonly, when people use the term “mystery” it is in reference to trying to solve a problem or determine a cause, similar to Perry Mason or the game Clue. However, in the context of our Catholic faith, we use the term with a capital “M” and it refers to something beyond our capacity to fully understand. A definition of “Mystery” is, “A divinely revealed truth whose very possibility cannot be rationally conceived before it is revealed and, after revelation, whose inner essence cannot be fully understood by the finite mind.”
Because God is beyond our understanding, it is impossible for us to fully comprehend God in his totality. For example, an ant, due to its design and its capacity, is not able to understand the complexity of the totality of being human. The ant merely observes the human, but is not able to understand the human. Similarly, there are truths that are of God that we will not figure out on our own, but rather, God chooses to reveal them to us and we behold them.
The central Mystery that God revealed to humanity is that of the Holy Trinity. Sometimes, we take it for granted that we make the sign of the cross every time we pray, but we ought to realize that this is the greatest Mystery given to humanity. The Mystery of the Holy Trinity teaches that there is one God, who is three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity is fully God and at the same time, each is distinct from the other. This does not make scientific sense, which is why it required God to reveal this truth to us, otherwise we would not have known it.
What is beautiful about this Mystery, is that it is also something that brings us to awe as we come before it. The Holy Trinity is not merely a fact written in a text book, but is the active love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit that inspires us and draws us in. Similar to how a beautiful painting is not merely colors placed on canvas, but it tells a story, it draws the observer in, it reveals deeper insights, it elicits emotions and ideas. That is what happens to us, only on a divine scale as we contemplate and enter into the Holy Trinity in prayer. What makes this Mystery so important, is that we were made in the “image and likeness” of this Holy Trinity. As a result, we are made both to be brought into the loving relationship of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and at the same time, we are made for relationships with God and with each other.
Today, let us celebrate Holy Trinity Sunday with great reverence, allowing ourselves to be in awe of the great splendor and infinite beauty of who are God is. Let us behold the Mystery and allow ourselves to be love by the triune God.
Fr Nathan LaLiberte