pentecost

Effort of evangelization draws attention to St. Anthony

Father Sebastian Mundackal and other members of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in High Ridge held a Pentecost Sunday procession in which they carried a relic and a statue of St. Anthony down High Ridge Boulevard.

Bells rang and the parish choir led the Litany of Saints as pastor Father Sebastian Mundackal and the altar servers led parishioners out of the church after Sunday Mass and onto the street. A statue of St. Anthony was carried at the end of the procession.

High Ridge Boulevard was blocked in both directions June 8 as members of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in High Ridge held a procession, witnessing their Catholic faith to the community.

Archbishop Carlson to consecrate archdiocese to the Holy Spirit

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will consecrate the Archdiocese of St. Louis to the care of the Holy Spirit at the Pentecost Vigil Mass at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at Holy Redeemer Church, 17 Joy Ave. in Webster Groves, and at 10 a.m. Mass Sunday, June 8, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell and Newstead Ave. in the Central West End of St. Louis.

A consecration means setting apart -- in this case the people of the archdiocese -- for a sacred purpose.

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I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Pentecost encourages us to become intoxicated in the Spirit

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

On the Feast of Pentecost, as the disciples gathered in prayer, "there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind ..." In addition to this, tongues as of fire came upon each one, and all were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues.

Scripture then tells us: "They were all astounded and bewildered, and said to one another, 'What does this mean?' But others said, scoffing, 'They have had too much new wine.'"

BEFORE THE CROSS | The Church is missionary because of the Holy Spirit

The fifth annual Archbishop’s Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast was held May 22 at the Chase Park Plaza. The St. Louis Chapter of Legatus sponsored the event and the keynote speaker was Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson spoke to those in attendance during a homily at Mass.

Last week, as I concluded my reflections on the life and ministry of St. Paul, I wrote the following: "The death and resurrection of Jesus led inevitably to the coming of the Holy Spirit. We might say that Easter and Pentecost are two sides of the same coin. They are the most solemn feasts of the liturgical year ... because they acknowledge with great joy the miracle of God's gift-of-self to us for the sake of our redemption and sanctification."

'Come Holy Spirit over the archdiocese'

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson held out his arms as he prayed to the Holy Spirit, consecrating the Archdiocese of St. Louis to the care of the Holy Spirit, at the Pentecost Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.  The archbishop hopes the consecration will help people live out in missionary action and discipleship the four pillars of the "Alive in Christ" initiative of the archdiocese: stewardship, evangelization, social justice and education.

To hear the Archbishop's homily from Pentecost Vigil Mass at Holy Redeemer, click on the audio file below.

 

When Archbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrates the Pentecost Vigil Mass Saturday, June 7, at Holy Redeemer Church in Webster Groves, his request for a simple prayer three years ago at the vigil Mass comes to mind.

"Come Holy Spirit over the archdiocese."

Among the congregants three years ago sat Jane Guenther, director of the archdiocesan Catholic Renewal Center. Guenther took his words to heart.

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I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Let the Holy Spirit guide you through Scripture

Pentecost belongs to sinners only! Pentecost is neither for the angels nor for the saints. They do not need it; we sinners do. Every day every sinner is confronted with an inner rebellion. There are no exceptions! We all have a choice to follow our human spirit, the Evil Spirit or the Holy Spirit; all too often we follow the human spirit and sometimes the Evil Spirit.

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