Pastor’s Corner 5/15/2016

PENTECOST 2016
Come Holy Spirit! Fill the Hearts of Your Faithful!

This year as we celebrate what many refer to as “The Birthday of The Church,” we have administered the initiation sacraments of Baptism, First Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Eucharist to well over one hundred young and also adult members of our parish. All is God’s gift—gift to the faith community of St. Rita and gift to the Church local and universal. That is why we pray beyond “Fill the hearts of your faithful” to “Enkindle in us the fire of your love.” We must be motivated and impassioned to realize the gift we have received by being the most vital and vibrant St. Rita Catholic faith community that we can be.

Back in 2012, as a particular faith community, we embarked upon a new consciousness and spirit of stewardship; in other words, in “The Year of Faith,” we of St. Rita Parish embraced the New Evangelization with high purpose and intent to “be church.” Since then, we have celebrated and observed a “Year of The Family,” and currently a “Year of Mercy.” These, then, are very important days for St. Rita Parish to pray for the help and advocacy of the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us as a parish that wills to be strong and vital to the mission of Jesus going forward. Also important is our prayer that we may be ever conscious of being linked as the Body of Christ to all of the parishes that make up our Deanery, our Pastoral Region of San Gabriel, and to the Universal Church.

This year we also celebrate The Solemnity of Pentecost just ahead of the Feast Day Weekend of our beloved Saint Rita of Cascia. We make all of our prayers to The Holy Trinity through her intercession—she who was wife, mother, and vowed religious. If we model our lives on hers, we stand to receive a wonderful encouragement for our continuance as a community desirous of the Peace that only Christ can offer us. Like her we seek, by the indwelling of God’s Most Holy Spirit, to live in Holy Communion with the One that makes possible (if we live humbly, mercifully, and gracefully) a holy communion with each other.

Mary, Queen of Peace, Pray for Us!
Saint Rita of Cascia,
Saint of the Impossible, Pray for Us!

And this Pentecost,
Happy Birthday to Us,
Church Local and Universal!

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