This weekend we end the Easter Season with the Feast of Pentecost. The gift of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples marks the final aspect of the Paschal Mystery – the Suffering, Death, Resurrection and Ascension of our Lord and the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon his followers. While the Easter season comes to a close with the celebration of Pentecost, our life in the Spirit continues throughout the year; in fact for the rest of our lives! Our need for the help and the guidance of the Holy Spirit never ends. When we received Confirmation we were prayed over by the bishop that we would receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit. May we remember to seek and pray for these gifts in our daily lives. On page 2 of this bulletin is a prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
The next two Sundays, we celebrate two great feasts; Trinity Sunday, June 12, followed by the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ on June 19th , which is also, Father’s Day this year. The Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, or Corpus Christi, is the kick- off for the National Eucharistic Revival. In our diocese all parishes are invited to participate in our Diocesan Mass and Eucharistic Procession to celebrate the commencement of the Eucharistic Revival on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, June 19 at 10:00 am, Corpus Christi Church, 864 East Main St., Rochester. If you would like to participate in this event as a parish representative please let me know.
As we pray for the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, may we also pray for those who died in the recent mass shootings. Pray for our legislators that they outlaw assault weapons in our country. The only country in the world that is plagued by such violence; violence that is so often perpetrated on the innocent.
God’s blessings and peace, Father Bill