The Easter Season has begun in earnest and signs of new life are all around us! Last weekend was a wonderful one at Christ the King. Saturday morning twenty-six children of our community received Jesus for the very first time in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Four precious infants were received into the community of faith through the Sacrament of Baptism after the Saturday 5:30 p.m. Mass and we rejoiced at the news of the ordination of Deacon Michael Prakasam who returned to Christ the King on Sunday for a Mass of Thanksgiving and a reception. Wednesday evening thirty-six high school students were confirmed in their Catholic faith at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. Does it get any better?
Throughout the Easter Season the first reading at Mass is taken from the Acts of the Apostles. This New Testament book is sometime called the Gospel of the Holy Spirit. The Easter Season leads us to the great celebration of Pentecost. With the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles on Pentecost Sunday, the Church was born. The Holy Spirit keeps us forever connected to Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the oxygen that the Church breathes and yet the third member of the Blesses Trinity is sometimes the most mysterious member of the Trinity.
Beginning Tuesday, May 14, we will have four ‘Tuesdays With Father’ in which we will reflect on the Holy Spirit. Please join us in the Saint Joseph Meeting Room from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. for one or all of the sessions as we grow in understanding and appreciating the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
We will invoke the Holy Spirit in a special way on Pentecost Sunday, June 9, as we will select three parishioners to serve as at-large members of our Parish Pastoral Council. Council members serve as a parish leadership body that assists the pastor in planning, evaluating and implementing parish programs. Parishioners are asked to prayerfully discern if God is calling them to serve on the Pastoral Council and, if so, to place their name in nomination. Self nomination forms will be available next weekend. On Pentecost Sunday the Pastoral Council will gather in prayer and then select, by lot, three names from among those who are submitted for service on the Council. Thank you for prayerfully discerning possible service to the parish in this important way.
See you at Mass!