Mass Schedule

We welcome ALL to join us in the celebration of Mass!

Saturday: 5 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday Friday:  8:15 a.m.
Holy Days: Variable

Annunciation Awakening Retreat October 4-6, 2019

Come away with us to be with Jesus and experience God’s abiding love for you.

From Bulletin, Sunday, June 9

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: 

“The Church of Christ is always, so to speak, in a situation of Pentecost: she is always gathered in the Upper Room in prayer, and at the same time, driven by the powerful wind of the Spirit, she is always on the streets preaching.” 

-St. John Paul II

SCRIPTURE FOCUS: 

The season of Easter concludes with today's celebration, the feast of Pentecost. On Pentecost we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles gathered in the upper room in Jerusalem; this event marks the beginning of the Church. The story of Pentecost is found in the Acts of the Apostles, today's first reading. The account in today's Gospel, taken from the Gospel of John, also recounts how Jesus gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to his disciples. There is no need to try to reconcile these two accounts to each other. It is enough to know that, after his death, Jesus fulfilled his promise to send to his disciples a helper, an advocate, who would enable them to be his witnesses throughout the world.

We previously heard today's Gospel on the second Sunday of Easter. At that time, we also heard the passage that follows, which describes Jesus' appearance to Thomas. In that context, we were led to reflect on belief and unbelief.

In the context of the feast of Pentecost, this reading reminds us about the integral connection between the gifts of peace and forgiveness and the action of the Holy Spirit. Jesus greets his disciples with the gift of peace. Jesus then commissions his disciples to continue the work that he has begun, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” As he breathes the Holy Spirit upon them, Jesus sends his disciples to continue his work of reconciliation through the forgiveness of sins.

This Gospel reminds us that the Church is called to be a reconciling presence in the world. This reconciling presence of Christ is celebrated in the Church's sacramental life. In the Sacrament of Baptism, we are washed clean from sin and become a new creation in Christ. In the Sacrament of Penance, the Church celebrates the mercy of God in forgiving sins. This reconciling presence is also to be a way of life for Christians. In situations of conflict, we are to be agents of peace and harmony among people.

 

Dear Parishioners,

Through the first three months of this year, we held parish and school-wide listening sessions to help identify the needs facing our entire community. Because of your insights, the parish now has a long-range master plan. In consultation with our Facilities Committee and architect, we have prioritized our short-term needs over the next three to five years.

We are planning for a fundraising campaign to address these initiatives. A key component of our final stages of planning is to get your feedback on our immediate needs and gauge your support for a capital campaign. Starting this week, you will receive information on the projects and your invitation to participate in the campaign planning study. Your participation and thoughts are important and will help shape our vision.

In Christ,
Fr. Park