Father Jim reflects on Pentecosts past, and yet to Come

“Welcome Home,” I hope that you will receive this welcome not just from Fr. Tim and me along with our staff, but from the Holy Family themselves.  As you know, I lent my hand to the Holy Spirit to paint an icon of The Holy Family for our parish family and Unity School.  You are welcome to see the Icon in my office, as the paint takes several months to dry.

By Divine Providence, the Feast of Pentecost has taken on particular meaning for Mary, Mother beginning unexpectedly in 2018.

2018 Pentecost:  Our Daily Mass + Adoration Chapel was renovated and welcomed “Our Lady of the Smile.” This new statue of Mary arrived in time for Pentecost and the New Feast Day of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church the day following. This new Feast Day established by Pope Francis came to the Universal Church as a wonderful surprise of the Holy Spirit!

2019 Pentecost:  Our new Crucifix was installed for the Feast of Pentecost. The Cross is the doorway through the Paschal Mystery that leads to New Life in the Spirit.

2020 Pentecost:  The Holy Fiat + Family Icon welcomed to Mary, Mother of the Church.  The new icon also witnessed the consecration of the United States to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church on May 1 by all the bishops of the United States of America and Canada.

2021 Pentecost:  The Archbishop had chosen this year for the Archdiocesan Synod.  With the Synod being moved to Pentecost of 2022, because of the pandemic, we will be able to take this extra year to celebrate the many gifts of our membership, so alive with the Spirit, and with Christ even more at the center of our life.

2022 Pentecost:  All parishes of the Archdiocese will be participating in our Archdiocesan Synod.  The Synod will give direction to the Archbishop’s pastoral planning with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Again, from the Heart of the Holy Family . . . Welcome Home!