Pentecost Sunday

06-09-2019Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Today is Pentecost Sunday. Today we commemorate the gift of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Holy Spirit, also called the Holy Ghost, is the Third Person of the Holy Trinity. He is, according to the Nicene Creed that we pray every Sunday, the Lord, the giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and Son is adored and glorified. Apopular Catholic prayer for the Holy Spirit is:

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.

Let us pray: O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

There are also seven gifts of the Holy Spirit; Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of the Lord, and twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience,Kindness, Generosity, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control, Modesty, Chastity and Goodness.

The Holy Spirit is the One who sanctifies us by helping us grow in virtue. The Blessed Mother is uniquely tied to the Holy Spirit by virtue of the Annunciation. When we speak of our Blessed Mother, we can look upon her as the Daughter of the Father, Mother of the Son and Spouse of the Holy Spirit.

On this Pentecost Sunday, let us pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit especially upon our parish, and our Archdiocese, and upon the universal Catholic Church. It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that our church will be renewed.

Fr. John