Letter to Parishioners on Pentecost Sunday

For the apostles the Pentecost, like other Jewish feasts

up to this point, was fulfilled in the mission of Jesus Christ.

The Pentecost came as a completion of the Jewish Feast of

Weeks or Shavuot, which was a celebration of the harvest

that occurred seven weeks (fifty days) after the Passover.

Notwithstanding, it was not just about the harvest but also

about spiritual gifts that the people had received from God

and the harvest only represented it.

As the disciples were united in prayer with the Blessed

Virgin Mary “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and

began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled

them to proclaim” (Acts 2:4). We can see in this scripture

passage that on the day of the Pentecost the Lord’s promise

of the Holy Spirit was fulfilled. The Holy Spirit descended

upon the disciples who finally gave out an abundance of

spiritual gifts. It was also the birth of the Church, which

was the true spiritual harvest.

For us the Pentecost Sunday closes the liturgical time of

Easter. In this great feast, second to Easter, we see that it is

the Holy Spirit who brings about true and lasting fruits that

are showered upon the Church. As the Holy Spirit enabled

the apostles to become courageous and zealous in

proclaiming the Gospel to the entire world so too He

enables us to become witnesses to Christ – the true meaning

of the name “Christian.” We too are called by the Holy

Spirit to share our faith with others who are hungry for God

and the Good News. If we are baptized and confirmed, each

and every one of us without exception has received this

mission of telling the world about the Salvation in Christ.

However, in order to be empowered with the gifts of the

Holy Spirit, there are two conditions we need to fulfill.

First, we must believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and

Savior. Secondly, we must remain united in prayer with

other believers and the Most Holy Virgin Mary. For us

today it means that our faith in Christ must be put first

before everything else. We also must remain united in

prayer with the Church, which is the Mystical Body of

Christ.

Let us pray for the spiritual renewal of the Church,

through which will come about the true renewal of the

world. “Come Holy Spirit, come by means of the powerful

intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, your well

beloved spouse!”

Happy Feast of Pentecost!

Fr. Janusz Mocarski, Administrator