May 19, 2024

May 19, 2024

Today we celebrate the glorious feast of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus promised would be with us to the end of time as our Advocate, descended on the apostles in the 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 we can share for others' benefit? Please take time to consider this week how God might be working in you through the Holy Spirit. There are 3 seats available in the Pastoral Council. Perhaps God might be calling you to use your gifts in service to the parish by serving in this capacity. Please contact Fr. Justin at (440) 526-1177 ext 224 for information on this important ministry.

For those of you who would like to extend best wishes or keep in contact with Deacon Dave Streeter, his address is: The Avenue at North Ridgeville, 6200 Lear Nagle Road, North Ridgeville, OH 44039-3224. I am very sure that Deacon Dave would love to hear from you and connect with acquaintances from Assumption. 

The week of June 4-7, Fr. Louis and I will be on the Annual Abbey Retreat at Loyola of the Lakes Retreat Center. Daily Mass on thes days will be at 8:30 a.m. only with Rev. Ray Sutter as celebrant. Because we will be on retreat during First Friday, there will be no First Friday Devotions for June. We will resume these in July. Thank you for your understanding. We will pray for you during the retreat. Please pray for us as well.