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
After nearly six weeks, our Lenten pilgrimage has ended with the celebration of the saving passion and death of Jesus. We can now cry out with the whole Church throughout the world and with Christians everywhere, “Alleluia! Christ is Risen!” Jesus, the Light of the World, has risen from the dead and conquered death and sin and darkness forever. The high- est point, the peak of the Christian faith, is the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead, the definitive statement that this world is not all there is, and in Christ, the antici- pation of eternal life has dawned.
It is with great joy that Father Alfred, Father Al, and I celebrate with you this day, hop- ing that we all may possess the full meaning and power of Easter. I pray that the love of Jesus Christ, over which even death has no power, may fill your hearts and homes and enable you to renew and strengthen your faith and hope and love and help you to follow him more closely. We are one family bound together in our belief in the Risen Jesus. May we be ever more united as we make our way together towards everlasting peace and joy in union with the Lord.
Have a holy and happy Easter and may God Bless you all,
Father Joseph Byerley