In early March Pope Francis gave a special gift as he added a feast day to the Universal Calendar of the Church. He stated that the Monday after the Solemnity of Pentecost would be celebrated as the Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church. This is not really a “new” feast since Blessed Pope Paul VI, at the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council, declared the Blessed Virgin Mary to the Mother of the Church. During the Jubilee Year of 1975 he published a set of Mass texts and readings to be used in a Votive Mass which were commonly used on the day after Pentecost in both European and Latin American countries. While I have used this Votive Mass for many years on this day, it is wonderful to know that we do it in solidarity with the entire Church beginning tomorrow!
On this Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, we pray:
God of majesty and glory, you bring us to the day that crowns our joyful Easter feast. Open for us the fountains of living waters promised to the faithful, that the outpouring of the Spirit may reveal Christ’s glory and enlighten all who wait in hope for the glorious day of redemption.
Congratulations to the graduates of the Class of 2018 from our parish family. As we celebrate your Commencement this weekend, we offer you our loving prayers for the journey that lies ahead. We pray that wherever the Holy Spirit leads you, that you may ever have the saving name of the Lord Jesus in your hearts and on your lips!
May the week ahead be filled with many graces and blessings!