by Fr. Joe
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 of 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 readings 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 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 live our mission working for peace and justice with zeal.