Pray It! Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit Christ Jesus, before ascending into heaven, You promised to send the Holy Spirit to Your apostles and disciples. Grant that the same Spirit may perfect in our lives the work of Your grace and love. Grant us: ~ The Spirit of the Fear of the Lord that we may be filled with a loving reverence toward You; ~ The Spirit of Piety that we may find peace and fulfillment in the service of God while serving others; ~ The Spirit of Fortitude that we may bear our cross with You and, with courage, overcome the obstacles that interfere with our salvation; ~ The Spirit of Knowledge that we may know You and know ourselves and grow in holiness; ~ The Spirit of Understanding to enlighten our minds with the light of Your truth; ~ The Spirit of Counsel that we may choose the surest way of doing Your will, seeking first the Kingdom; ~ The Spirit of Wisdom that we may aspire to the things that last forever. Teach us to be Your faithful disciples and animate us in every way with Your Spirit. AMEN.
Read It! Pentecost and Interfaith Relations The fiftieth day of the Easter season celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit to the apostles who gathered frightened behind locked doors. Upon receiving the Holy Spirit they were filled with peace and confidence and they burst forth from that space to preach and teach the good News of Jesus.
As Christians we are called to share the experience and love of God, which we have had in our own lives, with others. Some of us will do this through the gift of preaching or teaching. Some of us will give witness to our faith in the unselfishness and generosity of our actions. Some of us will hold the world together by the silent witness of our prayer. It is our responsibility to serve others in some way that heals, loves and gives hope to the world. It is our privilege to serve others in some way that embodies the particular and unique gifts God has given each one of us. The Pentecost story tells us that we will know we are living in the Spirit by the fruits of our lives evidenced in the good of the whole community.
The Church at the time of the Second Vatican Council made it clear that part of our responsibility as Roman Catholics is to heal division between and among all Christians and people of other faiths. We are called to be people of dialogue. As the world’s communication ability advances we will become more and more aware of the diversity of humanity and the diverse cultures humans have developed.
Pentecost, and the story remembered of the fist disciples given the gift of being enabled to not only speak to others but to hear others, is a wonderful opportunity to remember our responsibility not only to communicate our faith witness to others but to listen and learn from others how God has been present to them. This respectful dialogue of speaking and listening, of sharing and hearing the healing and forgiving presence of God is surely a path to peace and justice.
Share It! Share with other family members how you can be God's presence of peace and openness to those who are not part of the Community of the Catholic Church.
Do It! Let the Spirit guide you as Christ calls you out to do his work here on Earth. Lets look at some ways you can help.
Take a look at the Catholic Charities volunteer page to see how you can help in the diocese. Here.
Family Promise(formerly IHN) will be at the parish June 16-23. Sign up to help.
Habitat for Humanity in the parish is looking for some help. Sign up to help the Catholic Circle of Faith build a home for a family in need. Here.
New Shoes for You is a program that helps get shoes to those in need. Read more.