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 continue 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 its place by the Baptismal 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.
Here is a very popular prayer to the Holy Spirit: 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 that we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.
This week Archbishop Chaput ordained six men to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Please pray for the newly ordained priests and for an increase in vocations. The newly ordained priests are: Rev. Kyle Adamczyk, Rev. Brandon Artman, Rev. Eric Banecker, Rev. Manuel Flores, Rev. Patrick Muka, and Rev. Quy Pham.
While we rejoice with the newly ordained priests and their families we realize that only 6 is not enough. Please pray for more vocations. We are in serious need. It is a good idea to encourage young men you know to consider if they are being called to the priesthood. For more information about the Diocesan Priesthood in Philadelphia, visit www.heedthecall.org. Here is a special prayer for vocations.
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
God our Father, we thank you for calling men and women to serve in your Son’s Kingdom as priests, deacons, religious and consecrated persons. Send your Holy Spirit to help us respond generously and courageously to your call. May our community of faith support vocations of sacrificial love in our youth. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
© U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations
God Bless You!