When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,
they were all in one place together.
And suddenly there came from the sky
a noise like a strong driving wind,
and it filled the entire house in which they were.
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,
which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak in different tongues,
as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.
At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd,
but they were confused
because each one heard them speaking in his own language.
They were astounded, and in amazement they asked,
“Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans?
Then how does each of us hear them in his native language?
We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites,
inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia,
Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia,
Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene,
as well as travelers from Rome,
both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs,
yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues
of the mighty acts of God.”
When the Son completed the work with which the Father had entrusted him on earth, the Holy Spirit was sent on the day of Pentecost to sanctify the Church unceasingly, and thus enable believers to have access to the Father through Christ in the one Spirit. He is the Spirit of life, the fountain of water welling up to give eternal life. Through him the Father gives life to men, dead because of sin, until he raises up their mortal bodies in Christ.
The Spirit dwells in the Church and in the hearts of the faithful as in a temple. He prays in them and bears witness in them to their adoption as sons. He leads the Church into all truth and gives it unity in communion and in service. He endows it with different hierarchical and charismatic gifts, directs it by their means, and enriches it with his fruits.
By the power of the Gospel he enables the Church to grow young, perpetually renews it, and leads it to complete union with its Bridegroom. For the Spirit and the Bride say to the Lord Jesus: “Come!”
In this way the Church reveals itself as a people whose unity has its source in the unity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The whole company of the faithful, who have an anointing by the Holy Spirit, cannot err in faith. They manifest this distinctive characteristic of theirs in the supernatural instinct of faith (sensus fidei) of the whole people when, from the bishops to the most ordinary lay person among the faithful, they display a universal agreement on matters of faith and morals.
This instinct of faith is awakened and kept in being by the Spirit of truth. Through it the people of God hold indefectibly to the faith once delivered to the saints, penetrate it more deeply by means of right judgment, and apply it more perfectly in their lives. They do all this under the guidance of the sacred teaching office: by faithful obedience to it they receive, not the word of men but in truth the word of God.
Moreover, the Holy Spirit not only sanctifies and guides God’s people by the sacraments and the ministries, and enriches it with virtues, he also distributes special graces among the faithful of every state of life, assigning his gifts to each as he chooses. By means of these special gifts he equips them and makes them eager for various activities and responsibilities that benefit the Church in its renewal or its increase, in accordance with the text: To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for a good purpose.
These charisms, the simpler and more widespread as well as the most outstanding, should be accepted with a sense of gratitude and consolation, since in a very special way they answer and serve the needs of the Church.
-From the dogmatic constitution on the Church of the Second Vatican Council. This selection was found in the Office of Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours.
To read the complete dogmatic constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium), please click on this link on the Vatican’s website.
An outdoor Eucharistic Procession will follow the 10:45am Mass at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church on Sunday June 7, The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, otherwise known as Corpus Christi.
Reception to follow in Lower Church of St. Mary’s.
The Eucharist is the source and summit of the whole Christian life. The feast of Corpus Christi is a celebration of Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist. It parallels the celebration on Holy Thursday in commemoration of the institution of this sacrament. When the Eucharist is carried through the streets in a solemn procession, the Christian people give public witness of their faith and devotion toward the sacrament of the Eucharist.
The Sacrament of the Eucharist is a sign and cause of the unity of Christ’s Mystical Body, because it stirs up an active “ecclesial” spirit in those who are more fervent in their Eucharistic devotion. Eucharistic adoration cannot be detached from the liturgical and communal celebration of the sacrament or from the commitment to the poor and to justice. One draws strength and justification from the other.
For more information contact Evangeline Egizi at Saint Mary School, email@example.com or 978-998-6848.
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|May 17th Youth Night 6-8pm||May 21st Youth Night 6:30-8pm|
|May 31st Youth Night 6-8pm||June 4th Evening Beach Day 5-7pm @ Singing Beach (Manchester)|
|June 4th Evening Beach Day 5-7pm @ Singing Beach (Manchester)||June 18th Youth Night 6:30pm-8pm|
|June 14th Youth Night 6-8pm||June 27th Canoe Trip 10-2:30pm @ Footebros Canoe (Ipswich)|
|June 27th Canoe Trip 10-2:30pm @ Footebros Canoe (Ipswich)||July 9th Youth Night 6:30-8pm|
|July 12th Lynch Park Picnic 12-4pm @ Lynch Park (Beverly)||July 12th Lynch Park Picnic 12-4pm @ Lynch Park (Beverly)|
|July 26th Campfire Night 6-9pm location TBA||July 26th Campfire Night 6-9pm location TBA|
Youth Nights held at St. Mary’s Convent.
For Information regarding Youth Ministry Events, Permission Slips, etc. please contact Stephanie O’Connell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-998-1084.
On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”
The “Novena to the Holy Spirit” is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the First Pentecost. “He commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but should wait for the promises of the Father, which you have heard (saith he) by my mouth. For John indeed baptized with
water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence…But you shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the uttermost part of the earth.” (John 1:4-5, 8) It is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a
powerful plea for the light, strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian.
This Novena begins on the Friday after Ascension Thursday…