Catch a New Spirit
Pentecost is our celebration of God’s stirring within us and our community of faith. God calls our attention to the Spirit at work and awakens us to a new vision and a new reality, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43:19.
Our Youth Ministry program is springing forth to include our Religious Education program for grades seven, eight, nine, ten and up to “twenty somethings”.
We are building upon our solid Youth Ministry program by add ing Andrew J. Hickman III to our Pastoral Team as our Parish Youth Minister. Bridget Rice will continue to serve as our Young Adult Youth Leader.
Our new Youth Minister , Andrew , has a rich professional history in his work as the full – time Team Director at the Boys & Girls Club of Clifton. He has extensive experience in all aspects of youth ministry’s three components – Spirituality, Social and Service.
- Youth Ministry member/adult leader at St. Anthon y’s Church in Passaic, 13 years
- Confirmatio n Cat echist
- Music Ministry
- Praise & Worship Leader and Choreographer (integrating gestures and dance to Chris tian music as a form of prayer)
- National experience: National Catholic Youth Conference, Indianapolis 2009 and 2013, Local Coordinator for Pope Benedict’s New York visit 2008
- International experience: World Youth Day – Germany 2005, Spain 2011, organized youth pilgrimage s to Italy, France and Portugal
- Social Director and Youth Ministry Coordinator for trips and special events
- Dance Fitness Instructor: Zumba, Latin Heat, Ballroom Dance Fitness including choreography
- Coordinate all volunteers and youth ministry component for Soup Kitchen at St. John’s in Newark, Thanksgiving soup kitchen, St. Anthony’s in Passaic, Thanksgiving Baskets, Christmas party for Children, Bingo with Seniors, Catholic charities – purchase and food collection for pantry and distribution.
“Catch a New Spirit” is the theme of our next two High School youth gatherings:
- Wednesday, June 4 at 7-9 PM – Gathering in Youth Room
- Saturday, June 7 – Gathering at 5:30 Mass, followed by pizza and an on – campus bowling party.
We remember, we celebrate, we believe in the presence of the Holy Spirit within us and among us on the feast of Pentecost. Pentecost is celebrated on the 50th day after Easter and marks the end of the Easter Season. It is the day we remember the coming o f the Holy Spirit upon the apostles which enabled them to go out into the world as missionaries to spread the message of Jesus Christ. We celebrate our hearing of the Good News of God’s unconditional love that is joyfully being proclaimed today. We are told that the apostles “were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim” (Acts 2:4). The multiple languages at Pentecost demonstrate God’s desire to be in relation with all people. God speaks to each heart in a unique way. Our celebrations of Pentecost at the Eucharist on June 7 & 8 will be multi – lingual as a continuing symbol of God’s ongoing action to renew the face of the earth.
We are seeking volunteers who would proclaim the readi ngs and general intercessions in their native language. Please contact Fr. Jared for more information and to volunteer to take part in this celebration.
Pentecost marks the birth of the Church and reminds us of the universality of the Catholic Church. The Acts of the Apostle s reports that on the first Pentecost the Spirit hovered over the disciples like tongues of fire. This manifestation of God’s power symbolizes the fire of love that compels the followers of Jesus to be Superheroes for Christ through spirituality, service and social ministry. Therefore, all parishioners are invited to wear flame colors of red, yellow or orange. Our multi – colored glow will be a communal affirmation of our commitment to rekindle the fire of God’s love and to l ive our mission working for peace and justice with zeal.