Pentecost – the celebration of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Church. With this gift, the mission of the Church moved out into the world. The apostles spoke in many languages. Fear was no longer restraining them from preaching the word. They embarked upon living the Risen Lord.
What does the Holy Spirit mean to us today? The symbol of the Spirit is often wind. Wind suggests a force or movement. How does the Spirit of God move the Church? How does it move its members? Are we part of that movement, or has the wind quieted down? Sometimes a period of quiet is good; everyone needs to recharge. Yet the absence of movement can bring boredom. What is true of the Church today?
Another symbol of the Spirit is fire. Fire brings the idea of consumption – fire rages; perhaps we see in this symbol the characteristic of passion. What is our passion for Jesus? What is our passion for his Church? Are we on fire? Is it a bonfire? Is it a small flickering flame? On the day of Pentecost the disciples were on fire. Have we felt such passion?
Pope Francis recently gave a homily in which he stated the Holy Spirit opens our hearts to the Lord. He invited Christians to do a daily examination of conscience. This process opens our hearts to the presence of the Lord. He also invited that Christians need the Holy Spirit as disciples. A Christian life without the Spirit would be living the compassion of Jesus without the vitality of Jesus. The Spirit bears witness to Jesus so that we can give it to others. Pope Francis “asked that people be granted the grace to become accustomed to the presence of the Holy Spirit, this witness of Jesus who tells us where Jesus is, how to find Jesus, what Jesus tells us.”
Celebrate this Spirit! Live this Spirit! Bring vitality to our Church!
Sharing news about the parish . . .
St. Anne Parish, for a number of years, has supported an AA group meeting. A group is available in Fireside Room on Saturdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Please be aware of this since people seeking the meeting may ask for directions if this is their first visit to St. Anne Parish.
A wish of God’s peace is extended to the family and friends of Debra Heiting. Her funeral was on Friday, May 15. May our prayers help to comfort those who mourn. May she rest in peace!
Diocesan Annual Appeal – Steady progress is inching our way to our Appeal target. We have $81,160 in cash, pledges of $84,093. To reach our target, we still need over $15,000. Please consider helping us to reach our target; we have less than one month to raise the remaining dollars!
May the blessings of God be showered upon you this week!