14 May 2016

This Week Letter – May 15, 2016

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Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Pentecost announced by Christ in the Gospel and described in the Acts took place 50 days after the Resurrection. The Holy Spirit descended in the form of a fiery flame on Mary and the Apostles gathered in the Cenacle. A sign of the uniqueness of this event was the Apostles’ proclamation of religious messages in all languages of the modern world. The disciples of Jesus were understood by the newcomers who came to Jerusalem, Jews and the Gentiles.

The name “Pentecost” comes from the fiftieth day after Passover, when the feast of thanksgiving for a good harvest was celebrated in the Old Testament. There was also talk about the Ten Commandments, which appeared fifty days after the Exodus from Egypt. On the day of the Pentecost the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles in the form of fire and wind. The Holy Spirit is the personification of greatest love, and the source of all love in all creatures. We ascribe to the Holy Spirit bringing all of God’s works to perfection, especially the sanctification of souls. The Church of Christ began operating on the day of Pentecost. The apostles, strengthened by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, began boldly preaching the good news of Christ the Redeemer. The Holy Spirit made them effective speakers and brought around three thousand people to baptism. This was the first Christian community, which eventually developed into the widespread Catholic Church that encompasses the entire globe. The Holy Spirit is the soul of the Church. Despite many human weaknesses and sins the Holy Spirit is still a guiding force, guards against error and guides us to light. On Monday, May 2 at 8:30am, during the morning Mass in our Chapel of Divine Mercy, under the right eye in the picture of Sister Faustina appeared two bloody tears. Many of you have already noticed this. We do not yet have the official statement of the Church in this matter. Let Sr. Faustina pray to God for our intentions.

Congratulations to the second grade children at St. Constance School and the religious REP program who accepted Jesus in the form of the Eucharist for the first time on Saturday, May 14th. This is a great moment that will never be forgotten. Work hard, dear children, so that your hearts are always clean and not tainted by sin, ready to receive the greatest guest, Our Lord Jesus Christ. He will reward you for a good life filled with love to God and man. Dear children, never lose your faith, because it is the most beautiful gift. With all my heart I thank all parents, catechists, Missionary Sisters, priests and all those who helped the children prepare for this solemn day. Dear adults, always be a good example for these youngest treasures of our parish. Do not be fooled by the illusions of this world, and let the Lord bless you and keep you. God bless!