I wanted to let you know how grateful I am for your participation in the Summer Vacation Jackpot Raffle. As you can see from below, we made a nice profit for the renovation of our Parish Lounge. While we didn’t sell all of the tickets, everyone did a great job and I thank you for taking part in the raffle. What we have collected for the Church will be a big chunk of the renovation expense; and I am sure that the winners are happy going into the summer with a few extra dollars in their pockets as well! I am particularly grateful to the Saint Rose Finance Council who initiated and coordinated the raffle and the Saint Rose Parish Council too, for helping to sell the tickets along with the Finance Council. We will soon begin firming up the design and getting estimates and then go through the diocesan approval process. After which, we will get to work. Thanks again for your support of the raffle and of your parish!
God bless you,
Father Joseph Byerley
The Acts of the Apostles recounts the story of the original Pentecost Sunday (Acts 2). Jews "from every nation under heaven" were gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish feast of Pentecost. On that Sunday, ten days after the Ascension of Our Lord, the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary were gathered in the Upper Room, where they had seen Christ after His Resurrection: And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. [Acts 2:2-4]
Christ had promised His Apostles that He would send His Holy Spirit, and, on Pentecost, they were granted the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Apostles began to preach the Gospel in all of the languages that the Jews who were gathered there spoke, and about 3,000 people were converted and baptized that day. That is why Pentecost is often called "the birthday of the Church." On Pentecost Sunday, with the descent of the Holy Spirit, Christ's mission is completed, and the New Covenant is inaugurated. It's interesting to note that Saint Peter, the first pope, was already the leader and spokesman for the Apostles on Pentecost Sunday (see Acts 2:14ff).
Dear Parishioners, we rejoice with our Lord for our 97 children who received Him for the first time in Holy Communion on Saturday, May 6, 2017.
Please continue to keep our children and their families in your prayers. May Mary, our Mother, watch over them always and guide them in an
ever deepening knowledge of Christ’s Love.
Fr. Joseph Byerley