Today is the Feast of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit in tongues of fire descended upon the disciples and Mary in the upper room fifty days after the Resurrection. Like Easter and the Ascension, this is a monumental day in our Church. Without the Holy Spirit, we do not have the Church; we do not have the ability to intimately relate to God.
Instead of explaining the importance of this feast day, I will leave you with a beautiful prayer to the Holy Spirit, known as the Veni Creator. Perhaps you might pray it at some point today.
Come, O Creator Spirit blest,
And in our souls take up Thy rest,
Come with Thy grace and Heavenly aid,
And fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
Great Paraclete! To Thee we cry,
O highest gift of God most high!
O fount of life! O fire of love!
And sweet anointing from above.
Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts art known,
The finger of God's hand we own;
The promise of the Father, Thou!
Who dost the tongue with power endow.
Kindle our senses from above,
And make our hearts o'erflow with love;
With patience firm and virtue high,
The weakness of our flesh supply.
Far from us drive the foe we dread,
And grant us Thy true peace instead;
So shall we not, with Thee for guide,
Turn from the path of life aside.
Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
The Father and the Son to know,
And Thee through endless times confessed
Of both the Eternal Spirit blest.
All glory while the ages run
Be to the Father and the Son
Who rose from death; the same to Thee,
O Holy Ghost, eternally. Amen.
This Sunday at the 11am Mass is our First Responders Appreciation Mass. Thank you to all of our parishioners who serve as police, fire, and EMTs. You do the Lord's work and are greatly appreciated. Please consider joining us for this celebration, if you are a first responder, we encourage you to wear your uniform to Mass. There will also be a pancake breakfast in the school hall, sponsored by one of our parishioners, Tim Heneghan, to raise funds for bulletproof vests for police officers: an effort called Behind the Vest. Thank you to all who participated in the liturgy, and particularly to Fr. Dan Brandt, the chaplain of the Chicago Police Department, for his presence.
Today, Sunday June 4th also happens to be the 85th birthday of Fr. Roger Caplis! Congratulations, Father Roger. We love you! Tuesday, June 6th is the last day of school. I will celebrate Mass at 9am that day for our children. Thank you to teachers, parents, and students for a successful year. And thank you, particularly, to Katrina McDermott, our principal. Katrina will be leaving us at the end of the year. We are grateful for all her hard work and grief, and will miss her. Please keep Katrina in your prayers, and pray as well for our new principal, Mrs. Margie Marshall. We are excited for Margie to join our parish!
Next Sunday, June 11th at the 11am Mass is our Farewell Mass for Joyce Browne and Pam Francisco. All are welcome to attend the Mass and celebrate the amazing dedication and tenure of these two beloved women. There will be a reception to follow in the gym. Thank you to Mary Berg and Gayle McAuliffe for coordinating.
Yours in Christ,
P.S. Want to learn more about Pentecost Sunday and why we celebrate it? I share a quick history here: