Dear Friends,

Pentecost! All together in one place! Strong driving wind! Tongues as of fire! Parting and resting on each of them! Filled with the Holy Spirit! Speaking in different tongues as the Spirit enabled!

In the Acts of the Apostles, Saint Luke paints a powerful and dramatic picture of the coming of the Holy Spirit who was promised by Jesus. Pentecost is the birthday of the Church, as the Apostles filled with the divine Holy Spirit are led from hiding in the Upper Room into the public square to give testimony (witness) to the Lord Jesus Christ.

And what is the witness that they give? It is Peter who stands up to speak to the gathering crowds. The Gospel message (the witness) then and now is the same ~ “Jesus the Nazorean who did mighty deeds and wonders, was killed and crucified. God raised him up from death, of this we are all witnesses. Exalted at the right hand of God, He poured out the Holy Spirit as you see and hear. Therefore let the whole house of Israel know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

My friends this is what we believe, this is what we know by Faith, this is what is our hope, this is what motivates our love. This is the pure basic Gospel message which effects redemption and salvation to all who embrace Jesus.

This witness is our light in darkness, our hope in anxiety and worry, our anchor in the chaos and confusion around us, it is our way forward against the tides that try to hold us back.

Life is not about us. Our lives are not about ourselves. Life, our life, is all about what God has done and what God is doing within us and our responding to His grace and doing His Will every day. Doing this and accepting this frees us from the constraints of this world, to live freely now in anticipation of the full glory of heaven. Come, Holy Spirit, come! May we seek Him in everything we do, every day. By the Holy Spirit may we accomplish God’s will joyfully.

Next weekend will be Father Buck’s last weekend with us. He did not want anything in the way of a reception. Father Buck rather will be speaking at all the weekend Masses. (For the 7 pm Mass, he will talk this weekend.) We know that he felt called to volunteer for consideration for high school ministry. There is a great need for priests in high school. We also know that he will excel in this ministry. We will miss his presence among us and his many funny stories that he uses to preach the Gospel. We assure him of our prayers and trust that he will not forget us.

Also, next weekend is Father’s Day weekend. We will offer a special blessing at the end of the Masses for all Fathers.

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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