|"Nothing can be more dangerous than evil companions. They communicate the infection of their vices to all who associate with them."|
|St. John Baptist de la Salle|
After Jesus had ascended to heaven from Mt. Olivet, the apostles and disciples returned to the Holy City. They remained together in the Upper Room or Cenacle, the place where Jesus had appeared to them and which may well be called the first Christian church. About a hundred and twenty persons were assembled there. They chose Matthias as an apostle in place of the unhappy Judas; they prayed and waited for the Paraclete.
Ten days had passed, it was Sunday, the seventh Sunday after the resurrection. At about nine o’clock in the morning, as they were together praying fervently, the Holy Spirit descended upon them. The small community of Christians had prepared themselves through prayer for the coming of the Paraclete. The same is true at Mass today, every day; through prayer we ready our souls for the advent of the Spirit.
The descent upon the apostles was internal and invisible in nature although accompanied by certain visible phenomena. There came a mighty roar, like the onrush of a violent wind. It came suddenly, from heaven; but unlike storms that strike a structure from without, this one penetrated and filled the room where the disciples were gathered. Therefore it was not a natural wind, it was a miracle peculiar to the occasion. A second visible sign consisted in tongues of fire that descended upon each one present. These fiery tongues gave visible evidence that the Holy Spirit had descended upon them.
Today at Mass, particularly at holy Communion, the power of the Holy Spirit will come down upon us; fiery tongues will not be seen, but invisible tongues of fire will not be absent. There was still another external manifestation of the Holy Spirit; the apostles and disciples were enabled to speak various languages.
After the roar of the wind many of Jerusalem’s pilgrims hurried to the Cenacle. Pentecost was one of the three festivals which obliged all Jews to be present in Jerusalem. Jews from distant lands, and Jewish converts from paganism too, attended these feasts. As a result, a colorful crowd speaking a variety of languages surrounded the house. Now the apostles, who so shortly before had hid in fear behind locked doors, came forth and courageously walked among the multitude speaking to each in his native tongue. It was indeed amazing! Galileans, and multilingual?
But the malicious too were present; they had the answer. Nothing marvelous at all! Those Galileans were simply drunk, and their drunken babble sounded like a foreign language! Peter showed no hesitation in answering the charge. None of their number, he said, were intoxicated; it was but nine o’clock in the morning, and at that hour men usually are sober. What the multitude saw was, in fact, the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy: In those days (of the Messiah), God will pour forth His Spirit upon men and they will prophesy. . . . Then the apostle pointed his words more directly against the accusers: they had killed Jesus, had nailed Him to the Cross; but God had awakened Him and after His departure to heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit.
The pilgrims who had heard Peter give this first pentecostal sermon “were pierced to the heart and said: Brethren, what shall we do? But Peter said to them: Repent and be baptized; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Three thousand responded.
We want to recognize our parishioners in good news, such as graduations, etc. If you have good news or accomplishments to be proud of, call the parish office so that we may report in the bulletin and share in your celebration.
Congratulations to this year’s winners:
$3,000 ? John and Marlene Gosson
$1,000 ? Our Lady of Peace Holy Name Society
$500 ? Gabrielle and Michael Amodio
$500 ? Elaine and Ray Artin
$100 ? Maureen Conner, Larry Colelli, Lynda Riley, Shawn Riley, Lauren Riley, Tara Riley, Joe and Anne Artini, Helen Koslowski, Lauren Riley, Don Vincentini
$75 ? Marie Gruninger, Walt Jackemuk, Jennifer Ryan, Mario Panighetti, Sue Millett, Gabrielle Amodio, Shawn Riley, Peter Albrigo, Carol Cook, Sam Bianchi, Tara Riley, Lynda Riley, Rev. Amedeo Guida and Norma, Jerry Cregan, Tara Riley, Julia O’Keefe, Mike Koagel, Lynda Riley, Anthony Felicia, Nora Adams
Sunday~ June 2 ~ 11:30 am
Frittata, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Ham and Cheese Croissant, Chicken and Biscuits, Muffins, Bagels, Fresh Fruit, Pastries, Coffee, Tea, Juice
All this for only $6.00 per person and children age 5 and under are free. Reservations must be made by May 29. Call Bernice Pisegna at 487-5047 or Shirley Broton at 487-8932. Sponsored by the Altar and Rosary Society.
We will be needing new members for the Parish Pastoral Council. This is a Committee that will be a Visionary Council to the Pastor and assist with the Planning of the Spiritual Future of the Parish. It is important that we have volunteers that want to help mold and maintain the faith, hope and love of Our Lady of Peace Church. There are nomination slips placed in the pews and at all entrances for your use. Please consider your nomination seriously as it will directly affect your parish growth and future. The nominations should be placed in the collection basket and will be considered by May 5, prior to the next Council meeting.
Pastoral Council Meeting
Due to a scheduling conflict the Pastoral Council meeting formerly scheduled for May 14 has been rescheduled. The next meeting will be held in Msgr. Denti Hall, St. Cecilia Church
Tuesday • May 7 • 6:30 pm
Testimony of Most Reverend José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles and Chairman,
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Before the Senate Judiciary
Committee On Comprehensive Immigration Reform
February 12, 2013
The Church’s work in assisting migrants stems from the belief that every person is created in God’s image. In the Old Testament, God calls upon his people to care for the alien because of their own alien experience:
“So, you, too, must befriend the alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt” (Deut. 10:17-19) In the New Testament,
the image of the migrant is grounded in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. In his own life and work, Jesus identified himself with
newcomers and with other marginalized persons in a special way: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” (Mt. 25:35) Jesus himself was an
itinerant preacher without a home of his own as well as a refugee fleeing the terror of Herod. (Mt. 2:15)
The Year of Faith begins in October 2012 with a Synod on New Evangelization. What is a synod?
A synod of bishops is a gathering of bishops, selected from different areas of the world, who meet with the pope to discuss questions pertaining to the activity of the Church in the world. This meeting of bishops helps to foster a closer unity between the bishops and the pope, and provides counsel to the pope. Pope Benedict XVI has situated the Synod on the New Evangelization (October 7-28) at the beginning of the Year of Faith (October 11).
How are Year of Faith and New Evangelization linked?
The New Evangelization is a call to each Catholic to deepen his or her own faith, have confidence in the Gospel, and possess a willingness to share the Gospel. The New Evangelization is first and foremost a personal encounter with Jesus Christ; it is an invitation to deepen one’s relationship with Christ. It is also a call to each person to share his or her faith with others. The Year of Faith, just like the New Evangelization, calls Catholics to conversion in order to deepen their relationship with Christ and to share it with others.
How does the Year of Faith affect the average Catholic?
Every baptized Catholic is called through baptism to be a disciple of Christ and proclaim the Gospel. The Year of Faith is an opportunity for each and every Catholic to renew their baptismal call by living out the everyday moments of their lives with faith, hope and love. This everyday witness is necessary for proclaiming the Gospel to family, friends, neighbors and society. In order to witness to the Gospel, Catholics must be strengthened through celebrating weekly Sunday Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
What are some key resources for the Year of Faith?
Catholics wishing to deepen their faith during the Year of Faith should start by exploring the Evangelization and Catechesis section of the USCCB website. Numerous catechetical resources, prayers and other resources have been prepared for the Year of Faith and the New Evangelization that can be viewed and downloaded for free. Catholics should also consider studying the documents of Vatican II and the catechism. Another resource is the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, which takes the teachings of the catechism and shares them within a uniquely American context and highlights American Catholic saints and role models. Catholics can also talk to their pastors and other parish leaders to learn about what activities and opportunities will be taking place within their communities. Most importantly, Catholics seeking to deepen their faith should pray daily, study Scripture and celebrate weekly Sunday Mass.
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is also known as the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, which translates from Latin to “Body of Christ.” This feast originated in France in the mid-thirteenth century and was extended to the whole Church by Pope Urban IV in 1264. This feast is celebrated on the Thursday following the Trinity Sunday or, as in the USA, on the Sunday following that feast.
This feast calls us to focus on two manifestations of the Body of Christ, the Holy Eucharist and the Church. The primary purpose of this feast is to focus our attention on the Eucharist. The opening prayer at Mass calls our attention to Jesus’ suffering and death and our worship of Him, especially in the Eucharist.
At every Mass our attention is called to the Eucharist and the Real Presence of Christ in it. The secondary focus of this feast is upon the Body of Christ as it is present in the Church. The Church is called the Body of Christ because of the intimate communion which Jesus shares with his disciples. He expresses this in the gospels by using the metaphor of a body in which He is the head. This image helps keep in focus both the unity and the diversity of the Church.
The Feast of Corpus Christi is commonly used as an opportunity for public Eucharistic processions, which serves as a sign of common faith and adoration. Our worship of Jesus in His Body and Blood calls us to offer to God our Father a pledge of undivided love and an offering of ourselves to the service of others.