A Plea for Pray in Preparation for this Pentecost — Sunday, May 20th!
Dear Fellow Parishioners–
I’m writing to ask that all of us, starting tomorrow–Friday–pray especially for our celebration at St. Patrick’s of the coming Pentecost on Sunday, May 20th.
Let me explain. Right before the first Pentecost, this is what the Acts of the Apostles says. All the apostles “went to the upper room where they were staying…All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers” (2:13-14). And so, it’s a long-standing tradition that nine days before every Pentecost celebration, we follow what Mary, the apostles, and the others did. (Acts 2:15 says there were “about one hundred and twenty persons in one place” in prayer before that first Pentecost).
Now, we’ve got them beat–by a little!–in number. Let’s hope to equal them in fervor! These nine days (It’s how the church got that custom of what is called a “novena”)–well, let’s pray that the Holy Spirit really enlivens us and empowers us as St. Patrick’s Catholic Community in carrying out the work of the Risen Jesus in this slice of God’s vineyard in the south part of downtown.
Pentecost Sunday–May 20th–will be special. All of us should try to wear red–the color of Pentecost! (I’m rather limited in my black; I could wear my red St. Louis Cardinal sweater, but I figure it’ll be too hot!) I will be wearing red vestments, of course, during the Masses.
Not only shall we celebrate at Mass the culmination of our Easter Season, we’ll also continue that celebration after each of our three Sunday Masses–at 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 5:15 p.m. (Note: we’re going back to the “old” time for our Sunday afternoon Mass.)
After each Mass we’ll have a picnic for all who come to each Mass. Also, in the back of the church and along the walkways outside the west entrance of the church–we’ll have our “Ministry Fair.” In our “house meetings” there was a call by parishioners to learn about all the ministries here at St. Pat’s. Well, on this Pentecost, you can visit the tables of our various ministries. You can learn about them. And, hopefully, you can sign up to plug into one or another of them–or “re-commit” to continue in that ministry.
We make a pledge to you: If you sign up on Pentecost Sunday, you’ll hear from someone in that ministry within the next “nine days”!
Now, this coming Sunday, May 13th, as we celebrate the Solemnity of Jesus’ Ascension, in the bulletin (and on our website), there will be a listing and brief explanation of every one of our ministries here at St. Patrick’s. This will aid you as you discern and pray about which ministry (or ministries) you wish to become part of.
I want to thank our Parish Pastoral Council for all its work, together with other parishioners, in making this coming Pentecost Sunday a wonderful celebration of praise and of commitment.
I thank all of you for being part of St. Patrick’s Parish! I’m very happy to be with you. Let’s trust that, on this Pentecost,, the Risen Jesus “does not ration his gift of the Spirit” (John 3:34).
So, these nine days before this Pentecost, let’s pray fervently for the further blessings of the Holy Spirit among us at St. Patrick’s! We depend completely on that gift.
“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love!”