June 5, 2022

Today we celebrate the glorious Feast of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit, who Jesus promised would be with us to the end of time as our Advocate, descended on the apostles in form of tongues of fire.  If we remember the Baptism of Jesus, the Spirit was in the form of a dove.  It would seem strange that now the Spirit manifests himself in a different manner.  But in reality, this form of appearance makes perfect sense.

Fire both brings light and makes things move with more energy while at the same time it purifies most things with which it makes contact.  This is what happened to the apostles on that first Pentecost Sunday.  The presence of the Holy Spirit enlightened the Apostles so that they could be understood by all who heard them, even though there were many nations present.  The Spirit purified the Apostles of the fear that hindered them from proclaiming the resurrection of Christ, and impelled them to go forth and preach, buoying their spirits with the courage necessary to be faithful witnesses of the Good News.

We too have received the Holy Spirit in Baptism and Confirmation and with the Spirit, the gifts which help us to bring Christ to others.  St. Paul writes to the people of Corinth: “For each person, the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”  What are the gifts I possess that I can share to bring others to Jesus?  This is a good question for all of us to ask ourselves.

For all those going on the Centennial Pilgrimage to Europe, there will be a special meeting Saturday evening, June 11th at 7:00pm in the lower Rectory Hall.  Please make every effort to come.

With graduation and Memorial Day weekend, the summer season unofficially begun.  Please remember to honor the commitments you made to support the Church during these summer months. This include the Grateful Giving pledges as well as Catholic Charities.  Naturally, we go on vacation and relax our vigilance a bit this time of year.  However, your support assists us in meeting our obligations more than you know.  Thank you for continuing to support the church’s work, whether it be in the parish or Catholic Charities.

This week, Fr. Louis and I are on Retreat.  Daily Mass will be at 8:30am ONLY.  Fr. Jonathan Zingales, a son of Assumption, will celebrate Mass each day.  I will personally offer the intentions for the 6:30am Mass while on retreat.