May 23, 2021
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 I possess that I can share to bring others to Jesus? This is a good question for all of us to ask ourselves.
As all of you know, the 1st phase of our church refurbishing will begin June 3, 2021. This necessitates some changes in the way we hold divine services.
The repainting, pew refinishing and flooring work will begin on the Blessed Mother Altar’s side of the church. Therefore, all Sunday Masses will take place using the other half of the church. The aisle between the main aisle and the aisle nearest the windows will be considered the main aisle during this time. That is where you will form the Communion Procession and where the ushers will use for collections. Because there will be scaffolding erected on the Blessed Mother’s side to paint the ceiling, the doors to the church on that side will be locked on Sunday morning and the church will be closed during the week except for Funerals.
Daily Masses and the Divine Mercy Chapel will move to the Lower Rectory Hall. The Hall will be used for Mass, and the Credit Union Office (immediately to the right of the entrance) will serve as the Adoration Chapel. This necessitates a change in the hours of the Chapel. As of June 3, 2021, the Daily hours of the Divine Mercy Chapel will be from 7:00am until 9:00pm.
I know this is an inconvenience, but all of you go through the same thing when you remodel your homes. So I thank you for accommodating us during this time of refurbishing.