Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Great 50 Days come to a close with the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Though the Easter Season of 2022 has ended, the enthusiasm of Christ’s Resurrection never ends. The Apostles are energized with the Divine Gifts of the Spirit in order to make Christ known to the world. And this movement of the Holy Spirit continues in our time and will continue until the end of the world. The question arises: “Who then is responsible for the continuation of this “fire” of the Holy Spirit? The answer: We are!” The celebration of Pentecost reminds us of our own personal Pentecost that occurred at our own Confirmation. At that time we received the 7-fold Gifts: Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding, Council, Fortitude (Courage), Piety, and Fear of the Lord (Reverence). It is an opportune time for us to review the use of these gifts in our lives. If they have become stagnant or unused, we implore the Good lord to unleash them once again. Who would not agree that these gifts are needed in the world today? When so much of the world is in travail and sadness it needs faithful and practicing Christians to set it aright by virtuous living.
Today at the 10:30 Mass 16 of our young parishioners will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. They too will be recipients of the seven Gifts and it is our hope and prayer that they will be faithful witnesses of the Lord by the fervent practice of their Faith. Let us support and encourage them by our prayers.
And I draw your attention to the multi-year Eucharistic Revival initiated by the Bishops of our country. Starting on The Solemnity of Corpus Christi, June 19, 2022 all dioceses and parishes will participate in drawing people into a greater understanding and appreciation of the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ. Please note the announcement by our Bishop and we hope some will join in the diocesan celebration. Of course we will have our own Eucharistic Procession following the 10:30 Mass on June 19th. Our Blessed Lord has given Himself to us without reserve, may we give ourselves to Him in joyous return.