Sunday, May 22, 2016

Pentecost & Solemnity of the Most Blessed Trinity

During the past two weeks, the Church has given us two wonderful feast days to celebrate. Last Sunday, we celebrated the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Both of these days give us the opportunity to meditate on the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  On Pentecost, the Father sent the Holy Spirit that the Son had promised to his disciples. Today, we honor the Blessed Trinity, the union and love shared by the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Through this union and love, we are united to God the Father by the love of Jesus and the power of the Spirit in our lives. 

During these past two weeks, our parish has been especially blessed as we also celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation with 13 adults and 51 teenagers.  In Confirmation, our hearts are imprinted with a permanent seal that marks us forever as Christians and we are given the strength and gifts needed to be true witnesses of Jesus Christ. 
We pray that they always open themselves to the Holy Spirit and allow the gifts of wisdom, understanding, right judgment, courage, knowledge, reverence and wonder and awe to fill their hearts. We also pray that they may remain connected by the Holy Spirit to the True Vine, Jesus Christ, who nourishes us by His own Body and Blood and allows us to grow as true disciples who bear God’s love to all.