Over the past few weeks we have been celebrating the Resurrection of Christ. During that time we had many reminders that he still lives among us to unite us to our heavenly Father. In the Ascension we celebrated His return to the Father. Today we celebrate the coming of he Holy Spirit which marks the beginning of the Church. The Apostles are filled with the Holy Spiritand go out to preach the Good News.They are to be witnesses to Jesus by the way they live their lives. In the Frst Reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we hear how the coming of the Holy Spirit to form the church enabled people of different languages to understand each other. The Apostles can now recall the words of Jesus and proclaim it to every nation.
The Spirit is present in the Church, in the Sacraments and in each one of us since our Baptism. We are called to use the gifts God has given us generously for the building up of the body of Christ. We are to let the Spirit fill our hearts and influece our lives so that we may reflect God's glory. The Spirit inspires us to say our prayers, prompts us to do good and helps us to make important decisions. Not all of us have the kind of gifts that were common in the early Church-we are not all prophets, nor do we have the gift of healing or of speaking in tongues. But all of us have our own personal gifts. Some have the gift of being a patient and loving father, the gift of being a good mother, some have the gift of teaching, of nursing, of listening and of comforting. These gifts are are equally as important. They show us that God is to be found in the ordinary things of life. If we are led by the Spirit, we will do the ordinary things extraordinarily well. It is by using the ordinary gifts that God gives us, that we share more fully in the greatest of God's gifts, the gift of the Holy Spirit Himself, whose coming we are celebrating today . Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.
- Saturday Evenings Cratloe - 7:30pm
- Sundays Cratloe - 11:30am
Sixmilebridge - 10am
- Eves of Holydays Sixmilebridge - 7:30pm
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- First Fridays Cratloe - 9:30am Sixmilebridge - 10:30am