May 31, 2020
Today we celebrate the feast of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit, as promised by the Lord, descended upon the apostles in the Upper Room. They were gathered there in prayer, but also in continuing fear and uncertainty about the present and the future. The Spirit comes to them right where they are at, and through the power and grace of the Holy Spirit their fears, insecurities and uncertainties are replaced with bravery, courage and confidence. Christ is faithful to His promise to be with them, and us, forever. Not unlike the apostles, our hearts may also feel heavy. The burdens, losses and challenges of the past few months weigh us down. Now, the tragic killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis brings us even more grief and sadness. For many reasons, we need healing, courage and hope.
The church will be open on Pentecost Sunday from 8:30am to 12noon. During that time there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. I would like to invite and encourage you, if you are able, to stop by the church on Pentecost Sunday morning and to spend some time with the Lord. This is an excellent time and the perfect day to find refreshment and renewal in Christ’s Eucharistic Presence…to ask for healing, strength and hope. Pentecost marks the beginning, the birth of the Church, and the Holy Spirit offers us rebirth and fresh starts.
The church will continue to be open each day from 9am to 12noon, however we will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament only on Sundays. On the other days, the Blessed Sacrament is still present in the Tabernacle for our prayer and adoration. Christ awaits us and wants us to visit, offering us the gifts of the Spirit!
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit:
Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, Fear of the Lord
The Fruits of the Holy Spirit (observable signs that we are living in the grace of the Spirit):
Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Generosity, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Modesty, Self-Control, Chastity
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O virgin of virgin, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions. But in thy clemency hear and answer me. Amen.