Come, Holy Spirit!

Easter season is coming to a close, and this Sunday marks the feast of Pentecost!  Need a refresher on what Pentecost is all about? Check out this video:

Now, I know the video says to go to church this weekend, but that’s obviously not allowed due to the current pandemic! This is particularly sad as this feast is considered the birthday of the Church, and as many people have experienced over the past couple of months, it’s disappointing not being able to gather with others to celebrate your birthday.  In addition to watching mass online, here are a few others ideas for celebrating Pentecost at home this year:

I know there are many people impatient with waiting for masses to resume, but we must continue to remember that we are the church and can continue to be so even when we cannot gather in a church building.  For many of us, the importance of receiving the Eucharist is weighing heavily on us, but this is a wonderful opportunity for us to remember that receiving the body of Christ is only a part of what the sacrament is about.  Fr. Leo explains this beautifully:

Fr. Leo on the Eucharist

Fr. Leo English from St. Joseph Catholic Church in Grande Prairie, AB speaks on being Eucharist for other people, especially in a time when we cannot physically receive.

Posted by St. Joseph Catholic Church on Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Let us pray to the Holy Spirit that we may grow in confidence in our ability to spread the Good News through the example of our lives!

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 will renew the face of the earth.

by the light of the Holy Spirit
you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit
help us to relish what is right
and always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Taylor, AndreaCome, Holy Spirit!