Readings: Acts 2:1-11; Galatians 5:16-25; John 20:19-23
Pentecost was the Jewish festival of the harvest or the Feast of Weeks celebrated 50 days after Passover, when the first fruits of the corn harvest were offered to the Lord. A feast of pilgrimage-Pentecost also commemorated Moses’ receiving the Law on Mount Sinai. For the new Israel, Pentecost becomes the celebration of the Spirit of God’s compassion, peace and forgiveness, the Spirit that transcends the Law and becomes the point of departure for the young Church’s universal mission.
The Hebrew word for spirit ‘RUAH’ and the Greek word ‘PNEUMA’ also refer to the movement of air, not only as wind, but also of life-giving breath. Through His life-giving “Breath,” the Lord begins the era of the new Israel on Pentecost. The feast of Pentecost celebrates the unseen, immeasurable presence of God in our lives and in our Church. The ruah that animates us to do the work of the Gospel of the Risen One, the ruah that makes God’s Will our will, the ruah of God living in us and transforming us so that we might bring His life and love to our broken world.
The Spirit of God enables us to do things we cannot do on our own: to understand the “truth” of God’s great love for His people that is embodied in the Risen Christ and then to boldly proclaim the Gospel of Christ.
Just as Jesus was anointed with the Spirit at the beginning of His ministry, so the disciples needed the anointing of the Holy Spirit to carry out the mission entrusted to them by Jesus. The Holy Spirit is given to all who are baptized into Jesus Christ to enable us to live a new way of life, a life of love, peace, joy, and righteousness (Romans 14:17). The Spirit helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26) and enables us to grow in spiritual freedom: freedom from doubt, fear, and from slavery to our unruly desires (2 Corinthians 3:17; Romans 8:21). Let us reflect on the seven-fold gifts of the Spirit that Prophet Isaiah foretold: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2).
2021 Catholic Ministries Appeals Update
St. Finbarr St. Patrick St. Ignatius
Goal $8,356.00 $5,935.00 $9,774.00
Donors 23 17 44
Total Received YTD $10,960.00 $6,620.00 $11,740.00
$Needed To Meet Goal + $2,604.00 +$685.00 +$1,966.00
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Erna Tart – St. Ignatius
Cassidy Pravecek – St. Ignatius
Susan Czapiewski Hoke – St. Ignatius
Ray Steichen – St. Ignatius
Jane Reineke – St. Ignatius
Sharon Balbach – St. Ignatius
Leon Steinkamp – St. Finbarr
Dan Copley – St. Finbarr
Lois Gehling – St. Finbarr
Dorothy Steinkamp – St. Finbarr
Lucca Sween – St. Finbarr
Lee Baldus – St. Finbarr
Rhonda Steinkamp – St. Finbarr
Anthony Chilson – St. Finbarr
Tanya Warmka – St. Finbarr
Anna Christianson – St. Patrick
Kurt Fuhrmann Jr. – St. Patrick
Isabella Morse – St. Patrick
Ida Rowe – St. Patrick
Ann Soltau – St. Patrick
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Susanne Lohuis – St. Patrick
Peggy Hammon – St. Patrick
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