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May 15, 2016
Today we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. The “ruah Yahweh”-the breath, animating Spirit of God-was given to us at baptism. On the fiftieth day after Easter (Passover) Jews celebrated the giving of the Mosaic Law at Sinai and the establishment of Israel as God’s people. At Pentecost we celebrate the giving of the Spirit of God’s people and, related to it, the establishment of the new Israel, the Church. The Feast of Pentecost is the birthday of the Church. After the resurrection, Jesus blew upon his disciples so that they could receive the Holy Spirit. This gift from the risen Lord will enable them to forgive sins. This act seems simple enough, but there is much more going on than we expect. The Spirit whom the Lord Jesus sends from the Father, will remind them of all that the Lord has taught them. He will animate them and help them to know and understand their religion not just with their mind but also with their heart and soul. What does this do with us? As we will hear on the opening prayer of the Feast of Pentecost: “Father of light….send your Spirit into our lives with the power of a mighty wind, and by the flame of your wisdom open the horizons of our minds.” We all need to remember that we, too, are disciples. We gather to hear his word and try to put it into practice in our lives. We are in his presence whenever we celebrate the sacraments. So Jesus Christ breathes the Holy Spirit on us, too. He tells us to forgive sins. When the Holy Spirit dwells is us, He will help us to act wisely and relate to one another with love and care. Even the Holy Spirit will remind and help us to have the better understanding to what Jesus had taught to His disciples more than 2000 years ago.
Fr. Jonas Tandayu, MSC-Pastor
Our 11th. Annual Old Fashioned Bazaar & Silent Auction is coming on June 4th after the 4:30 pm Mass. Come and join us for a Chicken BBQ & a chance to win great prizes in our silent auction. Please return your baskets by May 15
We will be holding our Parish Raffle during the month of June. Tickets are $10 per ticket. Prizes are $50 every day except $100 on Saturdays and $250 on June 19, Father’s Day. Please try to sell as many tickets as you can. The money will go to replace the lights in the Church, which some have already been replaced in the back of the Church. Tickets will be mailed & if you want more they will be at the entrances of the church, Dostie Hall, Parish Office or we can mail you more.