Pentecost Sunday

This weekend we celebrate the glorious Solemnity of Pentecost – the grand finale of the Easter Season!  It is one of my favorite celebrations.  On Saturday, we will celebrate the Vigil of Pentecost which includes a slightly extended Liturgy of the Word with two Scripture Readings, each followed by a Responsorial Psalm and a Collect.  That is followed by the singing of the Gloria, the Epistle, the Festival Alleluia, and the Gospel.  [On Sunday, we have a different set of Scripture Readings, the second of which is followed by the Pentecost Sequence, then the Festival Alleluia, and the Gospel.  The “red” colors in the environment, including the red we wear those days signify the fire of the Spirit and the flame of God’s love burning within us.  We festively celebrate the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives and the gifts of the Holy Spirit that were bestowed upon us in the sacrament of Confirmation.  Pentecost is a great time to reflect upon the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  How have we recently experienced Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgment, Courage, Knowledge, Reverence, and Wonder and Awe in God’s Presence?

I am very pleased with our parish response to the Catholic Services Appeal thus far.  In the fourth week of pledges, 159/343 pledge cards have been returned with a total amount of $32,006.78 which represents 66% of our assessment.  Thank you for your generosity!  As you can see by the number of returned pledges, we have not heard from half of our parish households yet, so I am confident we can meet our goal of $48, 151.78.  For those of you have not yet made a pledge, I ask you to prayerfully consider how you are able to support CSA this year.  If you have pledged $150 or more and have paid $150 by June 16, your name will be placed in a drawing for a $1,000.00 cash prize. The drawing will take place after the 4:00 PM Mass on Saturday, July 22.

Last week, I gave a summary of where we are presently with the Baptismal Font and Sanctuary Project.  The time-line may be changing a bit as the architect informed me that the project is two weeks behind, and the contractor does not presently have a crew to do the next phase of the work.  We can’t complete the carpeting in the sanctuary until the ramp is built in the sanctuary.  I will keep you posted in my upcoming bulletin articles.

My prayer for all of you this week is that you may be invigorated by the power and the grace of the Holy Spirit in your life, and be filled with the fire of his love!

Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ