My Dear Parishioners,
This weekend we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The word Pentecost comes from the word for 50. It is fifty days since we celebrated our Lord’s resurrection from the dead. Now we celebrate that the promised advocate or Holy Spirit comes to us to reveal God to us, and to assist us in drawing closer to God. We need to learn to call upon and even depend more on the Holy Spirit. This is also the closing of the Easter season. After Pentecost we remove the Paschal candle from its prominent place in the sanctuary and return it to the Baptism font. The Liturgical season that we will move into is called Ordinary Time and it allows us to reflect on the mysteries of Jesus’ daily life and public ministry. Our stained glass window that depicts the descent of the Holy Spirit is such a beautiful piece of art, please take some time to enjoy and appreciate it. One of the things that I admire about it is that the tongues of fire are very subtle. They are not overpowering. Sometimes we act as if the Holy Spirit just overtakes us and we lose control of ourselves, but in this artwork, it implies that the Spirit is a guiding force, a light illuminating our way. It still requires that we accept and consent to the Spirit’s lead. God will never force us to choose Him, but He does give us graces to help us choose Him.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant us that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.
I have been praying to the Holy Spirit myself because I have noticed that our weekly collections have been lower than in the past. I am sure that there are a number of reasons for this, but it is a disturbing trend, one that I hope we will be able to turn around. As we begin the summer season, I would ask that you please remember to support your parish. One way that helps us, especially in the summer months, is by online giving. To find out more or sign up for online giving go to our website http://www.saintjosephchurch.us and click on the online giving tab located at the top of the page.
May God Bless You!