Pentecost

My dear parishioners and friends of our parish community: “Lord, send out your spirit, and renew the face of the earth” (Psalm 104).

 Today is Pentecost Sunday! The fiftieth and final Sunday of the Easter season. Pentecost has come around again, and again, we pray the refrain from Psalm 104. When we look around at “the face of the earth”, we might wonder if anything at all has been renewed since we sang that psalm refrain a year ago.

 War continues, people live in fear, governments get caught in cycles of abuse of power, children die of hunger each day. Where is the renewal? The renewal is found each time we reach out to help those in need. Renewal is found in our Catholic families striving to live the Gospel way of life. Renewal is unearthed in this beautiful and historic church each time we listen to God’s Word and receive the Holy Eucharist.

 On this glorious Pentecost Day I ask you – how have you experienced a renewal in your own faith life? How have you seen this parish grow as a community filled with the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit? Let us pray that the Holy Spirit’s hold on us will grow even stronger so that what we do in our homes and in our community will extend beyond our boundaries so that the face of the earth will be renewed.

 Throughout salvation history, God’s Spirit has breathed upon all creation, bringing light, life, and peace. Today we are called to remember the power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of God’s people, and to ask for an ever-increasing outpouring of that same Holy Spirit. With the psalmist we cry out, “Lord, send out your spirit, and renew the face of the earth.”

 Finally, today is Mother’s Day throughout the United States of America. Mother’s Day was first observed soon after the turn of the 20th century as a memorial service for those who had lost their mothers. The Springtime observance spread, and in 1914 became a civic holiday. The month of May is traditionally given to devotions honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. Our Blessed Mother is the model of all Motherhood. We sing our praises to her honor and extend our love and thanks to all mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, and women who nurture life. Thanks Moms for all you do! May the Lord bless you all!

 
Pentecost Blessings to all!
Happy Mother’s Day!
Devotedly,
Fr. Jim
SaintJohnChurchMiddletown.com

Veni Creator Spiritus
One of the most widely used hymns in the Church.
It is used at Vespers, Pentecost, Dedication of a Church, 
 Confirmation, and Holy Orders and whenever the Holy Spirit
is solemnly invoked. A partial indulgence is granted to
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