Deacon Michael Kenny
Deacon Michael is from San Antonio and was ordained a deacon in 2004. He has been a member of Holy Spirit Family since 2009 and employed since 2013. He graduated from Alamo Heights High School in 1964 and East Texas State University in 1970. He entered the Air Force in 1970 and retired in 1996. From 1996 to 2013 he taught at Cooper High School in Abilene Texas.
As an employee of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, one of his duties is to manage the buildings. Deacon Michael’s is involved with Faith in Action here at Holy Spirit and he helps people practice their faith. Another ministry as a deacon is to teach Safe Environment, visit the sick and elderly, give spiritual guidance to those in need and to teach at teen retreats. He also assists the pastor in any way he can.
Deacon Michael is involved with Faith in Action here at Holy Spirit; he helps people practice their faith. In addition, he works with other Lubbock ministries; St. Benedict’s Food Kitchen, the East Side Boys and Girls Club, Lubbock Impact, and Paul’s Project for tent city as well as a large prison ministry by mail. Another important ministry is in Mexico called Sky Cross.com. To learn more about this ministry, check out this video on Sky Cross.org
Deacon Michael Kenny Sunday, July 31, 2016
5815 82nd St. #145 PMB 162 Lubbock TX 79242
To my brothers;
Greetings from your servant of the Lord Jesus the Christ. I don’t know why, but I thought I would print this picture of my wife, Allyson, our dog Samson (dedicated to God from his birth) and myself. I just wanted to share and explain a little about the ministry to you men before I got into the message for this month. As you can see we are old, and so are the group of volunteers who carry me in this ministry.
Now this ministry is to bring you the Good News, the Truth about Our Lord and Savior. He, who died for our sins to make us right with the Father. He will save your souls and lead you to Heaven forever. We are all so blessed by God, yes even in jail.
Now, today I want to give you the wonderful gift of prayer. It is how we communicate with God; it is what brings us peace, and it is what we need to survive in this world especially in prison. You are living in Hell and you will not make it without Our Lord and Savior. But the Good News is that He is there in prison with you; in fact He is sitting next to you at this very moment; take a minute right now to say hello and recognize Him, and thank Him for being there with you. God wants you to talk to him just as you would talk to a friend, a really good friend. You see prayer does not have to be so complicated, but it takes practice and concentration. First of all, there are some wonderful scripted prayers that you can say to help relax and calm your soul. The best is the Jesus prayer; Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner. Now, I add at the end, “who loves you”. This is a prayer you can say every day, all day, and it will help you get through the day.
Another one is to help you when the devil is attacking you; Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Divine Power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. However, the best prayer in the world is the Lord’s Prayer, The Our Father. If you do not know it, you can learn it there in prison. Many Men can teach you. It is the one prayer we all know no matter what our faith background was, and it is how Jesus taught us to pray.
In the Book of Matthew chapters six and seven, Jesus himself talks about how we are to pray; study His words. You will find the best advice ever on prayer. He tells us to go to God in quiet private personal prayer. This is the best and most effective, but it takes practice and concentration. First, read the Bible, say a prayer like the Our Father and then just sit in the quiet silence. Close your eyes to block out the world. Try to block out the noise. It may have to be done in the middle of the night while you are in bed. Do the best you can. After a time of silence says, “Draw near Divine Master”. Now, in your heart, speak to God. Tell Him you love Him and that you believe in His Son, Jesus Christ. Tell Him you are sorry for your sins. Ask Him to forgive you. Then be quiet and wait for God to plant thoughts in your mind. Next time repeat and then ask Him to help you with your weak faith. Beg Him to help you trust Him and believe in Him. Then be quiet in your heart and let it feel the love Jesus has for you personally.
The goal is for you to establish a personal relationship with Christ, just like you would with a friend or wife. You will find that there is a great peace promised by Jesus to His disciples, and to us by trusting in Him. When we become Christians we die to Christ and put away our old self, and put on a new self. This new self is a spiritual self, a self that looks above, not here at the ugliness of the devil’s earth. Colossians 3&9. You can only find this peace by trusting in God and having faith in Him. You may not get His grace for you unless you ask in an established prayer life.
So, my brothers work on your relationship with God through prayer and faith; see what happens. I promise you that Jesus is waiting for you to turn your heart completely to Him. So, from all of us old folks to all the brothers in prison, we send our love and respect to your ne self.
Congratulations to Deacon Michael Kenny on his induction into the Abilene Cooper High School Hall of Fame.