Happy Pentecost! Today we conclude our fifty-day celebration of Easter and our celebration of the Paschal Mystery that we began on Ash Wednesday. This extraordinary time which none of us could have imaged nonetheless has enriched us as disciples of the Lord as we journeyed again to root ourselves firmly in the Lord. We have been renewed, reborn and reclaimed our Christian identity as children of God through our participation in Jesus' passion, death and resurrection. On this day that is often called the birthday of the church, we gather at the Spirit's urging to praise and thank our loving God for all that has been given to us in and through Christ Jesus. And let us rejoice in the movement of the Holy Spirit today, who calls us to continue the work of Jesus Christ and the church in our own lives.
The celebration of Pentecost is not just a remembrance of a gift given once to the apostles, but a renewal of the Spirit's presence and power through our prayer and worship. We must take seriously the words Jesus shared with us, that as he returns to the Father the gift of the Holy Spirit will be shared, a gift that will enable us to do great things in the name of the Lord. We believe not only in the Spirit, but the power of the Spirit alive and active in our day. Let us ready ourselves for Pentecost.
This Sunday our parish would have celebrate Ministry Sunday as part of our Pentecost celebrations. Although, this is not possible this year, I hope that part of our Pentecost celebration will embrace the spirit of Ministry Sunday. Ministry Sunday is a visible sign to us that the outpouring and gifts of the Holy Spirit are indeed alive and enthusiastically shared within our community. It is also an opportunity to thank those who have been faithful in serving our community as well as an opportunity for each of us to consider sharing our time and talent with a ministry particularly as we prepare in the coming months to move parish life from an online experience to in-person. Even if I am unable to volunteer time is there some special ministry I might remember in prayer? Support with my treasure?
We are called in baptism to continue to the mission of Jesus and his Church, strengthened in the Eucharist and empowered by the Spirit. We are called in baptism to continue to the mission of Jesus and his Church, strengthened in the Eucharist and empowered by the Spirit.
I am most grateful to all those who have participated in our online parish experiences through participation in Mass, the rosary, meetings and faith enrichment sessions. I thank you for taking the extra effort to continue your financial support in these times of uncertainty and various commitments and requests. Your generosity has enabled us to continue to be a source of hope and surety in the Lord. I am certain that we will continue with an online presence as well through this transition so that all particularly those in vulnerable circumstances will continue to experience and fee apart of our Catholic Community in Princeton. God bless and let us pray: Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth!