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In the Pentecost event, the same disciples who, throughout the Gospels, often appeared dense and clueless were dramatically changed. At the time of the Crucifixion, they displayed cowardice. Even after the Resurrection, they remained hidden behind locked doors. How they faced off with those who formerly terrified them. They boldly declared that God had raised Jesus from the dead. It wasn't long before the Church was spreading beyond Jerusalem.

With the celebration of Pentecost, the Church remembers that day when the Holy Spirit burst upon the disciples and shared with them the divine gifts that Jesus had long promised. It was the Holy Spirit that changed ordinary citizens into great evangelists who then moved out of hiding to proclaim the gospel.

In that sense, the miracles of Pentecost are certainly among the greatest signs of the Resurrection. During the 40 days Jesus spent on the earth before the Ascension, He made numerous appearances to the disciples and convinced them that He was alive and risen from the dead. But those appearances were quite limited to a specific audience.

How else could we explain the survival of the Church against such great odds if it weren't for the intervention of the Risen Jesus through His Holy Spirit?

When we consider Pentecost and the life of the Church, we sometimes get stuck on the original event. The Acts of the Apostles makes it clear that the Holy Spirit was an ongoing presence in the Church. The history of the Church down through the centuries also testifies that the Holy Spirit has continued to be present in the life of the Church. Individuals haven't always faithfully received the gifts of the Spirit, and sometimes the Church as a whole has been sluggish in its response.

But for nearly 2,000 years now, there have been some saints in the life of the Church who have lived the life of the Spirit in exemplary ways. And even when the Church found itself in a slump for a period of time, there was always a renewal movement that came along and reinvigorated the Church. The trajectory of the Church has been anything but even down through the centuries, but always the Church endures and thrives again.

The history of the Church gives me great consolation. Even in this time of social confusion, the Spirit is always calling us to greater fidelity.

As we enter into the summer months, many parishes notice a summer slippage in Mass attendance. With lots of summer traveling and weekend sporting events, I hope our wonderful parents will continue to place a high priority on weekend Mass. Making the extra effort to seek out church locations and Mass times is a powerful life lesson for family life.

Over the next several weeks, there will be some upgrades on our parish property. A new sidewalk will be installed along the new section of Katie Avenue. At the same time, there will be repair work on our parking lot curbs and sidewalks. Following these concrete projects, work will begin on resurfacing our parking lot. We have tried very hard to schedule these projects with minimal disruption to parish life.

We are also happy to report that these projects will be paid for from our parish building fund. Each month contributions are made to this fund, and gradually it grows so that we can respond to special capital improvements. As our building reaches its 10-year point, there are likely to be more updates needed, and it's wonderful that someone planned ahead with the building fund.

Financial Report: With Mothers' Day last weekend, we were happy to welcome many visitors to our parish. We were also happy to find $7,250 in envelopes, $1,746 in the loose offering, and another $10,642 given online. We are especially grateful to those who drop in a make-up envelope when they've been away for a weekend.

A Stewardship Testimonial: From St. Paul in the Acts of the Apostles: “It is more blessed to give than to receive."

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