Pentecost is always a special day for me, personally, as I was received into the Catholic Church and confirmed in the chapel of Saint Benet’s Hall in Oxford, England by Benedictine priests on Pentecost in 1987. I wasn’t prepared via an extensive RCIA program but through tutorials in the Oxford style provided by a Benedictine scholar.
Each one of us has his or her own specific faith story. But often we can pin-point a moment or time period when our faith was sparked and came out of dormancy into a new, fertile period of activity. Last Sunday I preached a need for us to anticipate the Holy Spirit and to be ready to respond to His promptings. And today, I pray for us to have a longing for Him to inflame our faith in Christ Jesus. If you and I will only “Do what he tells (us)” as the Blessed Virgin Mary instructed the waiters to do at the Wedding of Cana in Galilee, we will all become truly amazed at His power working in an through us.
Enthusiasm for the faith is a good and marvelous thing – but it often runs out of steam or is worn down by the difficulties and opposition we encounter. We cannot only be buoyed by good feelings but must have a faith rooted in sacrificial love. Today, I ask you to pray for Brett Blankenship and Alana Jordan who will be confirmed at our 9:00 a.m. Mass as well as Deacon Andrew Frmyl who will be ordained to the Priesthood on June 9. May the sacraments conferred upon each of them be a cause of joy for the Church. More importantly, pray for yourself and for all at Saint Peter’s that this Pentecost may mark a renewal of our parish by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit afresh and anew.
Two reminders: Sunday, June 18 is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. The Parish will mark the day by a Solemn Eucharistic Procession downtown immediately following the 11:00 a.m. Mass and then have a potluck. Please join us to testify in a physical and spiritual way our belief in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
Lastly, on Wednesday, June 28, we’ll celebrate a Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul at 6:00 p.m. followed by a parish party to welcome Father Frmyl. I hope you will join us on both these special days!
Fraternally, Fr. Gary S. Linsky
The Very Rev’d Canon Gary S. Linsky, V.F. Pastor