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Holy Spirit - Tongues of Fire
Dom Helder Pessoa Camara, former archbishop of Recife and Olinda in the parched and impoverished Northeast of Brazil, a brilliant thinker and one of the Catholic church's most inspired and charismatic leaders of the 20th century, died Aug. 27, 1999. His mystic poetry graces our reflection for Pentecost. The Hebrew word for Spirit is the feminine, Ruah, the Holy Breath:
Holy Breathing of God,
I feel you stirring.
 Warmed by this breath good things start  to grow.
Even in strong, wealthy lands
Fresh, mobilizing calls evoke planetary piety,
Winning the hearts and the hands of the caring:
Each in her chosen path,
Each with a special gift,
Take their stand
To create a world more fit for living,
More just and more humane.
Pentecost is the week of weeks = 7 days times 7 weeks. One day beyond it brings us to a 50th day, hurling us into a perfected creation. We are the first fruits of a new creation. Our Catholic prayer to the Holy Spirit expresses it succinctly: 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 will renew the face of the earth.  

The holy Breath is more than resuscitation; it is Resurrection, the raising of a new humanity in which God is templed. From the many languages of man comes the eternal language of God, a Word made Flesh, dwelling in our midst.
Our Parish Worship Committee along with several volunteers have been busy making the dove pins you received today from our Ushers. Please wear them at Mass today as a reminder of the Presence of the Holy Spirit alive in our world.  Watch for the Good Works the Holy Spirit inspires you and others do. Our 2,000 pins were made by: Anne Battaglia, Eva Bednar, Gloria Berry, Connie Boschetto, Barbara Burge, Pam Call, Leslie Cassoff, Rose DeMaria, Joanne McDaniel, Florence Nesaw, Esther Pavlis, Winnie Quinn, Sharron Schaefer, Carmela Valenzi, and Norma Very. Thank you for your time and service to your parish. A special “Thanks” to Grace Munizza for sewing the banners that were carried on Pentecost, to Kevin Daily for constructing the banner stands, and to our Ushers, who helped to distribute the pins and carry the banners.

Today’s Gospel gently reminds us that Jesus’ last words before his death and his first words after resurrection reflect what was uppermost in his mind and heart.

I “send you out to the world.” The Latin word for “send” is Missa from which the word Mass derives. Another English word, mission, finds its roots in missa. This is why you have often heard me say that the most important words at Mass at its last words, Go you are sent to love and serve the Lord (Ite missa est!). It reflects the deepest, innermost desire of Christ . . . As I have been sent, so I send you … Go out to the world and proclaim the Good News! With the departure of Jesus at Ascension the church reflects on this mission given us by Christ, and await the empowerment that comes from the Holy Spirit which makes it possible for us to go forth as a people on a mission of redemption!


Next Sunday is the Feast of Pentecost. Exactly 10 days after the Ascension and 50 days after the Resurrection.

Of course that number was significant to the Jewish people for on the 50th day Moses delivered the Law and sealed the covenant between God and them, making them a people, a chosen people. (Today the Jewish Feast of Pentecost falls exactly 50 days after Passover.) So, too, the disciples of Christ are formed into a people, called the church, of a New Covenant. This covenant does not replace the older one, but is another covenant which extends to the whole world—it is catholic (universal). Pentecost is the birth of the church. The Christian Feast of Pentecost is the culmination of the Easter Season—the making of a people.

Everyone is invited to participate fully in this High Feast. Consider wearing something red which is the fiery color featured on this day.

The Great Feast of Ascension

In Eastern Christianity this is called the Feast of the Analepsis or the “taking up” of the Lord. It is the culmination of the mystery of the Incarnation marking the end of the physical presence of Jesus. It is the consummation of the union between God and man. As Jesus is taken up into heaven the next great stage of redemption comes with “the taking up” of Jesus life within his people, the Church. The church races rapidly to its birth at Pentecost. With the coming of the Holy Spirit, the overshadowing of the world (like Mary) takes place giving rise to the new Body of Christ, the Church.

Mass Times for the Ascension -

The Ascension is a Holy Day of obligation.

Mass times are Wednesday, May 20 at 4:00pm and

Thursday, May 21 at 6:45am, 9:00am and 7:00pm.

Sign of Peace
With all the concern in recent days over the Swine Flu, some questions have been asked about the “sign of peace” at Mass or communion from the cup.

Common sense is the basic “rule of thumb.” It is perfectly acceptable at the sign of peace to simply turn to those around you, and simply wish them the “peace of Christ” without shaking hands. Likewise, the communion cup is optional, and should not be used if you are not feeling well or are showing symptoms of a cold or unusual coughing. We must be conscious of public health concerns, and use common sense in all these matters.
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