Peter Hopkins, Mary O’Sullivan
James Gavan, Nina Johnson, Doris Beard
Alfred Rosling, Jeanette Sharkey, C Fernandes, Jack Logan
Gladys Mackenzie, Michael Rouane, Christopher Cooney, Rene Butler
Zenevitta D’Lima, Rosie Borrows, Elizabeth & Bobby Jordan
John Aitken, Timothy Gavin, Agnes Kelly
May They Rest in Peace
Ann Higgins, Rosanna Joseph
Richard Lamb, Jonathan Eley, Annie Childs
Karen Oates, Kim Nichol, Rachel Antonella Rizzo
Michael & Joan Clements, Leslie Sebastian, Gloria Soar
Micky Bennett, Rizzo Enzo, Wesley Leachman
Connie Hall, Mary May
Until Further Notice All Public Masses Has Been Cancelled
They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak. When Pentecost day came round, they had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech. Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven, and at this sound they all assembled, each one bewildered to hear these men speaking his own language. They were amazed and astonished. ‘Surely’ they said ‘all these men speaking are Galileans? How does it happen that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; people from Mesopotamia, Judaea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya round Cyrene; as well as visitors from Rome – Jews and proselytes alike – Cretans and Arabs; we hear them preaching in our own language about the marvels of God.’
1 Corinthians 12:3-
In the one Spirit we were all baptised. No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord’ unless he is under the influence of the Holy Spirit. There is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit; there are all sorts of service to be done, but always to the same Lord; working in all sorts of different ways in different people, it is the same God who is working in all of them. The particular way in which the Spirit is given to each person is for a good purpose. Just as a human body, though it is made up of many parts, is a single unit because all these parts, though many, make one body, so it is with Christ. In the one Spirit we were all baptised, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as citizens, and one Spirit was given to us all to drink.
As the Father sent me, so am I sending you: receive the Holy Spirit. In the evening of the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. ‘As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.’ After saying this he breathed on them and said: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained.’
Sunday 31st May
Pentecost, which means the fiftieth day after Easter, was originally a Jewish Festival, a day on which the Jews of Jesus’ time recalled the gift of The Law on Sinai. Pentecost is inextricably connected to the Easter event; it is the ultimate fruit of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of the incarnate Son of God. Following the outpouring of The Holy Spirit, the Church must now be fearless and confident in leading God’s faithful people where-
1 Corinthians 12:3-
The fledgling church at Corinth had many difficulties: The Apostle Paul wrote to these new Christians letters of correction and encouragement. He teaches them that God The Father is the origin of all spiritual gifts and the various services in the church are his work. The Spirit of God unites the church in its mission to the world.
Just as the Creator breathed life into humankind so the Spirit of God is breathed on the disciples and, through their successors, to all the faithful in every generation. The gifts of the Spirit, transmitted by the laying on of hands and anointing with Sacred Chrism, preserve the Church in that peace which Christ the Lord himself conferred on it.