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Pastor’s Desk: Remembering who we are

Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 1:58 pm

Father Mike Coleman. Holy Spirit Catholic Church

This past summer I spent four days of my vacation in Pittsburgh, watching my beloved Cardinals play the Pirates. Thankfully they won all four games in exciting fashion.

I got a hotel within walking distance and the first night as I set out I was taking in all the sights and sounds of this beautiful city. As I     began to walk across the bridge to PNC Park, the Pirates home stadium,     I saw a beautiful sight. A young father was carrying his little boy on his shoulder to the game.  The little guy was asking his dad questions     about the Pirates and  the dad was answering with great enthusiasm.

Father Michael Coleman, the new priest at Centralia’s Holy Spirit Catholic Church

Father Michael Coleman, the new priest at Centralia’s Holy Spirit Catholic Church

Immediately I felt my eyes misting with tears. It was from my dad that I learned to love the game of baseball and in my minds eye I could  clearly remember my dad taking me to a Cardnals’ game for the first time.

I was about the same age as the little guy riding atop his dad’s shoulders as we walked across the bridge overlooking the Allegheny River. I vividly remember my dad clasping my hand tightly and telling me stories about some of the great Cardinals I was about to see in    action.  A tremendous warmth came over me as I remembered my dad.

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