May 17, 2015

Companions on the Journey
With the Holy Spirit

EASTER SEASON: WEEK VI

The Holy Spirit Our Companion on the Journey

Our Journey begins with God who creates us, accompanies us through life, death and resurrection until we return to God in glory. The Holy Spirit gifts, guides and invites us to live our mission to do Christ’s work our Opus Christiservice to our brothers and sisters on every step. We are Companions on the Journey with God and with each other.

The Risen Christ commissioned the disciples and therefore us to go out into the world and proclaim the Good News! Part of the Good News of Jesus Christ is the power of the Holy Spirit at work within and among us. We are given all that we need to live our mission to love, work for justice and the flourishing of all people.

As we journey through the Easter Season to Pentecost the same Holy Spirit that propelled the disciples to live as Superheroes for Christ animates us through Baptism, Confirmation and with spiritual gifts. The power of the Holy Spirit that thrives in us is from God and for others.

Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
LifeTeen.com (freely adapted)

  • Wisdom enables us to discern and relish God’s presence in all things and to trust in Providence.
  • Understanding is seeing and feeling with the heart, God’s truth, beauty and goodness in ourselves, others and in our world.
  • Right Counsel helps us to sift and sort in prayer what cannot be changed and needs to be accepted and what can be changed and needs to be accomplished.
  • Fortitude emboldens us to dream of what is possible and to freely take risks to make that vision a reality.
  • Knowledge focuses our priorities and shifts our perspective to think, feel and act with faith, hope and love.
  • Piety (Reverence) is gratefully experiencing God in mind, heart and will in creation, ourselves and others and living ‘as Christ’ for others.
  • ‘Fear of the Lord’ meaning “WOW!” Awe, Wonder, Amazement Our sin, weakness and every difficulty is God’s opportunity to manifest the power of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives –WOW!

WEEK VI Reflection: Piety (Reverence), Right Counsel

Walking through a meadow a woman came upon a field of golden pumpkins. In the corner of the field stood a majestic, huge oak tree.

Sitting under the tree, she thanks God for the beauty of nature. She thinks, “God really blundered with creation! Small acorns should grow on tender vines and huge pumpkins should grow on mighty oak branches.” Nodding off she is suddenly awakened by a tiny acorn bouncing off her forehead. Laughing out loud she said “Sorry God, I suppose I don’t know as much as I think I do.”

Reverence is the gift of the Holy Spirit that inspires us to appreciate that all is God’s gift to us. Reverence is a respect and grateful acknowledgement that God is our creator and we are beloved creatures who are in need of guidance and right counsel.

Our perspective is limited, we do not know as much as we think we do. Our best sight is only hindsight. When we recognize our need for God we pray if we are wise when making judgements or before making choices, we use the gift of reverence.

Prayer is an act of piety that exercises the gift of right counsel. Right counsel enables us to discern. We learn through this gift what we need to accept that cannot be changed and what can be changed.

Scripture Reflection

  • In the Acts of the Apostles the disciples piously affirm in prayer, “You, Lord, who know all hearts, show us “which to choose.” They reverently recognize that they are all in need of right council in making choices.
  • The letter of St. John gives us love as a compass for discerning all thoughts and actions. God is love and as we grow in love we grow in perfection or more into the image and likeness of God.
  • St. John’s Gospel shares the prayer of Jesus for his disciples. Jesus prays with reverence and asks that God’s Word and truth will guide all disciples. Jesus accepts that they will encounter persecution and prays for what can be changed to be guided by God with right counsel.

Reflection and Activity

In preparation for the feast of Pentecost next week, read over the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. You may wish to refresh your memory by checking our web-site for past reflections.

Pray about which gift you believe that you are in need of using more powerfully in your life! Be specific concerning your dreams, hopes, fears, etc.

Begin your prayer by reverently thanking God for good gifts in your life, in you, in loved ones, in nature.

Use your spiritual gift of right counsel to sift and sort with God which one area of your life God can best be a companion for you.

Ask for a strengthening of the gift you have chosen to be made manifest in a tangible way as we approach Pentecost. Trust and thank God in advance for the help that will come through the piety of your prayer.

CELEBRATING PENTECOST 2015: May 24th

Multi-language Liturgy
Acts of the Apostles (2:4) reports that on the feast of Pentecost all were “filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.” 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 celebration of Pentecost will be a multi-language liturgy serving as a symbol of God’s ongoing action to renew the face of the earth.

Volunteers are being sought to proclaim the Scripture readings and general intercessions in their native language. Please contact Fr. Jared for more information and to volunteer.

Festive Clothing
On the first Pentecost the Spirit hovered over the disciples like tongues of fire. The manifestation of God’s power symbolizes the fire of love that compels the followers of Jesus through spirituality, service and social ministry. Therefore, 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.

Flag Bearers Needed
Our Pentecost Eucharist procession is led by our flag bearers. We are in need of six volunteers for each Mass on Pentecost weekend as carriers. The flags are more cumbersome than heavy; however moderate upper body strength is a requirement. A sign-up sheet for each Mass time can be found in the Sacristy.

Priesthood Ordination – May 23rd

On Saturday May 23rd our Diocese of Paterson will celebrate the Priesthood Ordination at St. Philip. Therefore, the 9 AM Mass will be held in Marian Hall. The 11 AM Sacrament of Reconciliation will not be available for that day.

MINISTRIES AND ORGANIZATIONS

Spring Choir Concert

The Choir of Saint Philip the Apostle Church, the Saint Philip Youth Choir, the Saint Philip Hand Bell Choir and instrumentalists will present the Annual Spring Concert on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 4:00 PM. in church. Admission is free; however, a free-will offering is appreciated to help support the efforts of the Music Ministry program. Please join us for an afternoon of beautiful sacred music.

Widow and Widowers

The Monday Night Group: June 8th and 22nd at 6:30 PM.
The New & Recently Bereaved Group: Wednesday, June 24th at 6:00 PM.

Separated & Divorced Support Group

Divorce Healing Group: 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, 7:00 PM in the Molloy Center on June 8th and 22nd.

Columbiettes

Blanket Ministry
The next meeting of the blanket ministry will be on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 9:45 AM in the Molloy Center. For questions or yarn donations, contact Cathie Murtha at 973-471-1265.

Rosary Society

Monday, June 1, 2015 is the date for the next regular meeting of the Rosary Society changed from May 18th.

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