The season of Easter comes to its glorious
conclusion with the great solemnity of Pentecost.
In the Jewish tradition, Pentecost was a harvest-feast, celebrated
50 days after Passover (hence the name Pentecost, which means
“fiftieth” in Greek). At this feast, bread made from the newly
harvested grain would be offered to God. Later, this feast also became
associated with the giving of the law on
latter view of the feast is clearly in the mind of Saint Luke, as his
description of the Pentecost event evokes the giving of the law to Moses.
For us, Pentecost is the great celebration of the Holy Spirit. The
contrast between the giving of the law and the giving of the Holy Spirit
could hardly be greater. At Sinai, Moses alone went up to receive the
immutable word of God carved on tablets of stone. On the day of Pentecost,
the Holy Spirit comes down to the people and rests on each of them in a
play of wind and fire. For us revelation is never a closed book. Though,
as the Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum (DV) says,
reve-lation of God in Jesus Christ is complete, but the “Holy Spirit
constantly perfects faith by his gifts, so that Revelation may be more and
more profoundly understood” (DV,5).
Gospel:The brief passage from the
Gospel according to John read tonight comes after the Bread of Life
discourses. Jesus is in
for the Feast of Booths, which commemorates the wan-dering of the
Israelites in the desert (hence the ref-erence at the beginning of the
reading to “the last and greatest day of the feast” (John
), which resonates well on this last day of the Easter season. Jesus
invites all to come and drink, and he speaks of the “living water”
that will flow from all who be-lieve (John
). This water is the Holy Spirit, dwelling within believers. The coming of
the Holy Spirit is linked to Christ’s Passion. The Holy Spirit is the
fruit of the Paschal Mystery.
JULY 16 – 17, 2011
Lady of the Visitation and St. Maria Goretti Parishes will be hosting and
welcoming Ms. Clare Pomaloy, of Franciscan Mission Service, the weekend of
Saturday, July 16th, and Sunday, July 17th, at
our liturgies. She will speak about her experience in
as a Lay Missioner with Franciscan Mission Service of North America from
1994 to 2000.
Mission Service prepares and supports Catholic women and men for a
two-year assignment among the poor and oppressed of
. Upon return, they live out their life-changing experience in our North
American church and society.
is hoped that this effort will deepen the faith of the people of our
Parish. Please be generous in
your prayers and financial support of overseas endeavors in response to
the Church’s call to mission in the world.
FOR MS. POMALOY:
L. Pomaloy initially began her mission work with Franciscan Mission
Service in 1994. She worked for 3 years in
. While there, she worked in a 16-bed hospital founded by an Italian
Franciscan Friar with the help of an or-ganization from
. She was trained by the medical doctor to suture wounds, de-liver babies,
and to clinically diagnose common third world diseases. Still feeling
called to continue her mission, Clare brought what she learned in Patzun
, where she served under FMS from 1997 to 2000.
gospel message revealed itself in the commonplace circumstances of
everyday life,” she once wrote, “through the many faces of God,
through the people you came in contact with.”
currently lives in
working as a Registered Nurse at the Children’s
OLV MEN’S FELLOWSHIP
Regular Meeting in June:
June 23rd.Regular Meetings in July: July 14th and July 28.These meetings are all at the
FOOD OF FAITH
will take place this Thursday,
June 16th.Volunteers please be at Messiah Lutheran at
***BIG PARISH SILENT AUCTION***
AFTER ALL MASSES THIS WEEKEND
MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS, DISHES, SERVING TRAYS, CHAIRS, CHRISTMAS TRIMS,
BINGO CARDS & MANY OTHER “INTERESTING” ITEMS!
IS LOCATED IN THE 3-CAR GARAGE BEHIND THE RECTORY.
NYC PILGRIMAGE TRIP
13 – 18, 2011
This is a bus trip, and participants stay at St.
Mary’s Villa Retreat House in
. There will also be stops at several historic churches in the city. Trip
includes Daily rosary and daily Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.Cost covers everything.Contact
Steve Slawinski, 989-799-8823 or Sue
2011 PILGRIMAGE TO STE. ANNE DeBEAUPRE
12 – 18, 2011
$675 per person, dbl
Mitchell Motorcoach, Ltd.
COMPLETE INFORMATION IN CHURCH VESTIBULE
“END OF LIFE” PANEL BEING PLANNED
Panel includes Catholic Chaplain at
, a Catholic Moral Theologian, a Hospice Worker and a Nursing Home
Administrator who will discuss—Living with quality vs. quantity of
years—Dying with dignity—When is it enough regardless of what doctors
may propose?—When is it appropriate to stop to rest and die in peace?