PENTECOST 2014 Come Holy Spirit! Fill the Hearts of Your Faithful And Enkindle in Them the Fire of Your Love!
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 a hundred young and adult members of our parish. During 2012, as a particular faith community, we launched out 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.” Now in 2014, we have announced a major Capital Campaign to Strengthen Our Holy Communion—Growing in Faith, Hope, and Love. 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 the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. As members of the Church Universal, we must pray the Holy Spirit’s guidance for Pope Francis’ convocation of The Synod on Marriage and The Family—a synod that plans a visit of the Holy Father to Philadelphia in 2015.
For our personal walk with the Lord, here is a further pentecostal thought: it is not up to us to pick and choose when we feel the Holy Spirit is guiding the Church—or not. This is part of Jesus’ promise to remain in us and we in him. Rather it is our part “to be open to the Holy Spirit’s guidance.” Whether we are praying the Holy Spirit’s guidance to get through a day, or the Holy Spirit’s guidance of Pope Francis, it is always a surrender in faith and trust that Jesus’ promise to remain in us is true—and, as usual, the virtue of humility is the operative starting point.
So, Happy Birthday to Us, Church—Local and Universal!