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Do We Need a New Pentecost?

Dear Friends in Christ,

            This Sunday at the 12:30 pm Mass, St. Joseph Church & School will manifest its Catholicity as the rich cultural diversity of our parish is on full display.  If you want to be inspired and reminded that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves, come to this Mass.  Immediately following the Mass, a celebration will begin in our parish center as we share in a variety of international culinary dishes, provided by our fellow parishioners.  If you plan to attend another Mass for Pentecost, I do hope you return at 1:30 pm for our Pentecost celebration.  The parish will provide hot dogs and hamburgers, grilled by members of our Knights of Columbus ministry.  We are also blessed that members of our Hospitality ministry will set up, serve, and help to clean up afterwards.  If you would like to join this ministry, please email our Office Manager, Connie Savage at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We can always use more members, so please consider joining the team today.

            For the remainder of this week’s column, I would like to address the question posed in this week’s title.  Namely, do we need a new Pentecost?  In our consumerist driven culture here in America, we are constantly inundated with the message, “new is better.”  Do you have the latest I-Phone?  How about the 2024 Fitbit watch to track your steps and everything else about you?  I could use quite a few examples, but I think you get the point.  While modern man chases after what is new, the Catholic Church, founded by Jesus Christ upon the Apostles, is viewed as being out of date and behind the times and for many, irrelevant.  Both here and in Western Europe, the active practice of the faith is plummeting at a precipitous rate, while in Africa and Asia the Church is growing, even where she is being persecuted.  Must the Church update her teachings to win back the faithful?  If we look to Germany, we can see that this approach is not working.  In fact, Catholics are now officially renouncing their Catholic faith by having their names removed from baptismal registries, even as the German church is poised to make radical changes to Church teachings and practice.

            No, what is needed is not a new Pentecost, as if the first one has passed its expiration date, but a return to the spirit of the Apostles and faithful gathered in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost.  A re-reading of the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 2, is instructive in this regard.  While we don’t need a new Pentecost, we do need humble and new hearts, like new wineskins, to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit, that we might bear new fruit for the Kingdom.  My prayer is that as we gather around the altar of the Lord each Sunday, we might grow in number and grace as the Mystical Body of Christ, faithful to Jesus Christ, who is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful!

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FILIPINO RELIEF

The Archdiocese of Baltimore is in a Chapter 11 Reorganization process, and as we all work through these steps, there are some items that the parish/school is doing to fulfill the court-ordered requirements. One of those requirements is for all parishes and schools to make public that a final date has been decided upon that will serve as a deadline for anyone who has a claim to submit it to the court.
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MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission is to strengthen marriage and the family through the sacramental life of the Church
and to cultivate a spirit of shared commitment to the following areas of Christian life:
Conversion, Discipleship, and Evangelization.