THIS 'N THAT
Happy Birthday Church! The Feast of Pentecost, or the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles which we celebrate this weekend, marks the beginning of the mission of the followers of Jesus to go out and spread the good news. The transformation that happens to the disciples is so astounding that one can only explain it as the power of the Spirit. Thanks to their cooperation with the Spirit we have received the message of salvation and been incorporated into that body of believing people that is the Church. The power to reconcile and forgive is handed on to us so that we can in turn be peacemakers. We need to celebrate joyfully what we have received and inspire each other to continue sharing this great gift of faith. Jesus prayed that we be one, that we know the Father and that we experience God’s love. He promised His Spirit to make it happen. And it did! Alleluias!
Congratulations to all of our young people who are receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this weekend. How appropriate that they receive and experience the Holy Spirit on the Feast of Pentecost. Like the first disciples many of them may have fears about following Christ or be confused about what faith in Him will demand of them. But the Spirit will guide them and give them strength to live lives of faith, hope and charity. May we who already have celebrated this sacrament be good witnesses to that power working in us.
I’m grateful to all who have made our GIFT Religious Formation Program possible this year. Staff and volunteers worked diligently to help families discover the truths of faith and apply them in daily life. By the witness of their dedication they have drawn others to Christ, they have truly been evangelizing. I’m particularly awed by all of the actions to make peace. This was a wonderful focus that underscored the fact that formation is part of information and that actions need to follow words. As we wrap up this years program we look forward to Vacation Bible School and next year’s program.
Please keep in your prayers Deacon Peter who was ordained this weekend for the Diocese of Joliette, Illinois. Deacon Peter was with us this past fall as part of his studies at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, Orchard Lake. We pray that he will be close the Lord and have a fruitful ministry.
Peace and joy,