Pentecost Sunday - Solemnity

Announcements from our bulletin of May 31, 2020

St. Mary Magdalen will start broadcasting live Masses soon.

On this feast of Pentecost, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. And it is fitting that on this same day we reopen our churches for the celebration of public masses for the first time since the middle of March.

Truly, it is a very appropriate time because we come back to our churches with a desire to renew ourselves as todays Psalm says “ Lord send out your Spirit , and renew the face of the earth”!

Lord send us your Spirit and renew us as church, as the body of Christ as we come together again as brothers and sisters. We are one body and even though we have been separated bodily the past ten weeks we are still this one body. Except that today on this special feast we come back as one Body physically and spiritually and asking God to send us His Spirit so that we can again be renewed.

As we return we need to be cognizant of social distancing and to wear our masks. Our ushers will be at the door guiding you to your pews; families of the same household to be seated in pews next to the stained glass windows and individuals and couples to be seated in the main pews six feet apart.

We shall receive communion in a single file and I ask that you follow the lead of the ushers.

Welcome Back!

Blessings of the Holy Spirit upon you all!

Fr. Damian

May 18, 2020

Dear parishioners,

As we reopen our churches for the celebration of the Mass and Sacraments with the People of God present and actively participating, we recognize that we cannot eliminate the very possible risk of infection from the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. However, your parish priests and I are committed to mitigating the risk as much as possible. We reopen because we believe as Church that there are no substitutes for the reception of the sacraments and our first priority is to be the sign of hope and instrument of the salvation of the entire human race.

On Tuesday, May 26, parishes will resume celebrating daily Masses. (May 18 in Monroe County). However, social distancing will be required with approximately 6 feet separation between persons (except for family members from same household); worshippers are asked to wear a face mask and to keep it on during Mass, removing it only to receive Holy Communion. Hymnals, missalettes, holy water will be removed from the church; and the church and its facilities will be sanitized between services. Hand sanitizers are available at church entrances. ln entering or leaving the church, and in approaching the altar to receive Holy Communion please maintain proper social distance. These arrangements will take some time getting used to and so you are asked to pay attention to ushers or others who may be directing. After Mass please do not congregate in the church or outside but make your way home.

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“To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” (1 Corinthians 12:7)

To receive the gift of the Holy Spirit you must open your heart and invite Him in! Ask the Holy Spirit to guide your thoughts, words, and actions every day! Be grateful for all the gifts God has given you! Regardless of our individual circumstances, God has given all of us many blessings. What we do with those gifts is our gift back to God! By generously sharing everything we have and everything we are, we become more “God-centered” and less “self-centered” and our lives truly reflect God’s light, love, and mercy.

Students, and most adults recalling their school days, are familiar with the phrase “compare and contrast” that shows up from time to time on tests. Today we hear two different accounts of the giving of the Holy Spirit to the church. Let’s contrast, then compare. Luke’s account from Acts is filled with arresting details: the mighty wind from heaven, the tongues of flame, the miracle of different languages. John’s account seems timid: fearful disciples, the wounded Christ, the expelling of breath from his risen body, not from the sky.

Our literal, modern minds wonder which way it happened; our noisy culture probably makes us prefer the former. But if we compare the two, we find that the dazzling richness of the Spirit fills both accounts, for it is the very breath of the risen Christ, ascended to the sky in Luke, that appears to his disciples in John and sends his followers forth to carry on his mission of forgiving sin and proclaiming the mighty acts of God.

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