The feast of Pentecost concludes the Easter season. It marks the birth of the Church on earth and affirms that “Jesus is Lord and King of the Kingdoms of the earth” (Ps 67). The Holy Spirit was sent on the day of Pentecost that we might forever carry out firmly our Church mission in preaching, celebrating Jesus in the Sacraments and in all events of our lives.
Since Lent and immediately after Easter Sunday, I noticed that many of you are seeking a renewal in your faith and desiring to grow in the love of Christ and the Church. Some of you come a little early spending a few minutes in prayers on your own before the Eucharistic celebrations begin. I have also encountered a few lapsed Catholics who are now finding their way back into our church. That’s great!
Whatever problems or issues arise, Church has the answer for all your searching. The Spirit dwells in the Church and in the hearts of everyone. Just faithfully carry out your Christian commitments either at home or church or in your work place. Do participate and involve yourself in the various ministries and you will experience the enhancement in your faith life. No matter what, our Church will assist you in your faith and keep you on the right path to life of holiness.
Our Novenas and Feast Day to St Joseph has brought us to the height of our parish feast day and Easter celebrations. Personally, I felt that these celebrations have touched my faith even deeper and made me take a step closer to Jesus. As your priest I do take my priestly commitments seriously and work towards strengthening your faith despite issues that arise here and there in the various ministries. On your part, I do see all of you giving the best of yourselves, time and efforts to make things successful in your ministries.
On 13 May 2016 (Friday) the Church celebrated the 99th Year anniversary of our Lady of Fatima. The Angel of Peace appeared three times to the shepherd children, Lucia (10), Francisco (8) and Jacinta (6) in the beginning of 1916. These visitations prepared the way for the six apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima the following year in 1917. This year, the Church marks 100 years since the Fatima apparitions began.
The central message of Fatima was urging the faithful disciples to prayer as the path of “salvation for souls” and “to stay on the narrow path to Heaven”. It also calls us to do penance and conversion and a daily turning away from sin. At all six appearances, the Virgin Mary only requested for us to pray the Rosary, every day, which can help, save our souls.
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses… to the ends of the earth,” (Acts 1: 8).
Wish all of you my dear parishioners “Happy Pentecost Day!”
Fr. George Packiasamy