Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Today is the great Solemnity of Pentecost – the 50th day of Easter which closes this blessed season marked by the anxieties and sorrows caused by the Covid virus. In spite of this, we are people who have been redeemed by Christ and promised a destiny far beyond what this world can provide. Hopefully, in the midst of this world-wide fear, people have paused and taken an account of their life especially in relationship to God.
Indeed we have witnessed innumerable acts of self-denial as heroic souls have jeopardized this own health and safety in order to tend to and care for the afflicted. Though one PUNY recognition will never be enough, our Heavenly Father keeps account of what we have done for others. Selflessness is a form or expression of courage. And among the seven-fold gifts of the Holy Spirit, courage has been more evidenced than in recent years.
Prior to the coming of the Holy Spirit, the apostles and disciples were timid and filled with self-doubt. When the mighty wind and tongues of fire, manifestations of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, theirs lives were radically altered.
Though the birth of church issued forth from the wounded heart of Christ on the Cross. The blood and water symbolize the rebirth in Baptism and the Blood sustenance for the journey to Heaven. The day of Pentecost ushered the Church out of infancy into, so to speak, young adulthood. Emboldened and courageous, filled with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the disciples and apostles went into the world to witness to Christ.
Thirteen young parishioners would, this day, have received the same power of the Holy Spirit were it not for the restrictions placed on gathering in sizeable groups. This past Sunday I had the good experience of interfacing with these serious young people by way of Zoom and assured them that the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation will happen as soon as possible. Also, I assured them of the collective prayers of all their fellow parishioners.
Fortunately, the restrictions have been relaxed and we are able this Saturday and Sunday to begin, though on a limited basis, the public celebrations of Holy Mass. At the 10:30 on Pentecost Sunday, we have the added joy of welcoming into our parish family, Faith Bronson Miletta, wife of Brandon Miletta. Faith will be baptized, confirmed and receive our Lord in the Eucharist. Though separated still by the consequences of Covid, we extend to her, nonetheless, our prayers, companionship and continued support as she journeys with us in our witness to Jesus Christ.
Again, my thanks to all who are so faithful in your following the Mass though the video and to our team who is facilitating it. It is most appreciated that you continue your support of the parish so we don’t fall behind in playing our bells. As Jesus said: “the only debt we should have is the debt to love one another.”
A Blessed Pentecost,