Today is Pentecost.
The birthday of the Church.
As a member of the Church, a living stone as it were, today is YOUR birthday, too.
Have some birthday cake!
Give thanks to God for bringing the Church into being!
For more information, visit:
or watch a short video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvLFQhQplKs
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Here are a few great videos to watch as you prepare for this coming Sunday’s Feast of Pentecost. I would suggest reading the Mass readings first and then viewing one or both of the videos, brought to us by SOLT and Jeff Cavins/Ascension Presents:
Today, as in every time, the devil works to destroy our relationship with Christ, most notably targeting those who bring Christ to us, especially our priests. A simple but noble and effective way to shore up our priests is through prayer. St. Therese of the Child Jesus composed this beautiful petition of support:
The Daily Prayer For Priests
O Jesus, I pray for your faithful and fervent priests;
for your unfaithful and tepid priests;
for your priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields.
for your tempted priests;
for your lonely and desolate priest
for your young priests;
for your dying priests;
for the souls of your priests in Purgatory.
But above all, I recommend to you the priests dearest to me:
the priest who baptized me;
the priests who absolved me from my sins;
the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion;
the priests who taught and instructed me;
all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way (especially …).
O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart,
and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen.
Please consider praying for our priests every day so that they may continue to lovingly bring Christ to the world.
A new film is coming out from Focus Features: Pope Francis – A Man of His Word
Film critic and creator of Decent Films, Steven D. Greydanus, has this to say about the film: “If Pope Francis: A Man of His Word isn’t the documentary final word on the 266th pope, in a way it’s something better: It’s a winsome, challenging call to take the Gospel more seriously and to work to make the world around us a little bit better.”
Check it out at: http://focusfeatures.com/pope-francis-a-man-of-his-word/
On June 18-22, we will host Shipwrecked Totally Catholic VBS for kids ages 4 through 5th grade. Kids will be anchored in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms. Shipwrecked is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch, and even taste! Sciency-Fun Gizmos™, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the standout activities that help faith flow into real life. Read more about what your kids will learn in our brochure.
Middle-schoolers may volunteer as middle school helpers and we are in need of high schoolers to serve as crew leaders.
Download, review and complete this form by May 23rd to register your children for this life-changing adventure! Spots are limited and fill up fast! A $10.OO LATE FEE WILL BE CHARGED FOR EACH REGISTRATION RECEIVED AFTER THE DUE DATE OF MAY 23rd.
“If I believe all the right things, but don’t grow in prayer, kindness, purity, patience, mercy, forgiveness, generosity, and care for the weak and the poor, I am failing in my life as a disciple. Without love, all the outward badges of faith do not render me a faithful disciple.”
– Edward Sri, Into His Likeness
Join us this coming Sunday, May 13th, at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel for an hour of praise, recitation of the Holy Rosary, and Adoration, to honor the request of Our Lady of Fatima: to pray for peace and the conversion of hearts, and to receive abundant graces. For more information, please see church bulletin from Sunday, May 6th or contact Deacon Mikhail Alnajjar.
The bishops of California released this well-written letter which addresses the needs of those suffering with mental health issues and what Catholics can do to help.
The letter can be read on or downloaded from their website (in English, Spanish, Vietnamese): www.cacatholic.org/hope_and_healing
Have you ever wondered why Catholics honor the Virgin Mary?
NOTE: notice I wrote “honor” NOT “worship”…for our confused brothers and sisters, we DO NOT worship Mary 🙂