Thought for the Week
VENI SANCTE SPIRITUS - “‘With thy sevenfold gifts descend. Heal our wounds, our strength renew; Bend the stubborn heart and will; Melt the frozen, warm the chill; Guide the steps that go astray.’ (from the sequence for the Solemnity of Pentecost)
The word Pentecost is Greek for “pentecostes” which means “fiftieth.” Pentecost literally means 50th. It is a feast celebrated on the 50th day after Passover for Jews and a feast celebrated on the 50th day after the Resurrection of Jesus for Christians. The Jewish Pentecost was originally a post-harvest thanksgiving feast. Later it was celebrated to remember God’s Covenants with Noah after the flood and with Moses at Mt. Sinai. Both Jews and Christians now celebrate Pentecost. Pentecost marks the end and the goal of our Easter season. It marks the day the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles and our Lady, an event that took place fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus. The Paschal mystery of the passion, death, resurrection, and the ascension of Jesus culminates in the sending of the Holy Spirit by the Father. The feast also commemorates the official inauguration of the Christian Church by the apostolic preaching of St. Peter. Pentecost is, thus, the official birthday of the Church. Today’s Scripture readings remind us that Pentecost is an event of both the past and the present. The main theme of today’s readings is that the gift of the Holy Spirit is something to be shared with others. What we are really seeking is already inside us, waiting to be discovered, waiting to be embraced: the Holy Spirit of God Who has been living within us from the moment of our Baptism. The fruits of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control – will always shape our life and change our world. Fr David
We are keen to enrol and train a new group of altar servers over the next few weeks. Those who have recently celebrated their First Communion are particularly welcome. Training for new altar servers will be provided by Josephine Bennett and Lester Barlow, who have both participated in Diocesan child safeguarding training. Parents of children, who would like to become altar servers, are invited to pick up a parental authorisation form from the parish office or the sacristy.
We urgently need volunteers for church cleaning, Web Committee, Youth Initiative Group and drivers for meals on wheels.
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