May 11, 2014 A View from the Rectory Window

Congratulations to the young men and women of our parish who received the

Sacrament of Confirmation on Tuesday, May 13:

Keegan George Alvord, Victoria Mariana Bonino, Mya Frances Boyle, Joshua Louis Brown, Laura Amelia Burrows, Matthew Gaetano Catanoso, Alina Isabel Chiccarine, Analise Katharine Ciannilli, Ethan William Dawson, Dylan Denis Eshelman, William Peter Farnan, Nicole Catherine Fox, Anthony David Franulovic, Enrique Jerome Gayton, Mikayla Virginia Gephart, Caitlyn Anne Githens, Emily Mary Grimes, Olivia Elizabeth Hadtke, Kaitlyn Mary Healey, Jonathan James Hendee, Harrison Francis Hepding, Samuel Anthony Holmes, Chase Christopher Jones, Keith Joseph Larkin, Alyssa Elizabeth Latella, Brenna Elizabeth Laverty, Kelsey Maria LeNoir, Joseph Blaise Loggi, Michael Patrick Matera, William Michael McGonigle, Jr., Jacob John McQuarrie, Thomas Joseph Meehan, Domenic Anthony Monteleone, Nancy Montserrat Morales, Rosalba Gladys Morales, Gregory Vincent O’Connell, Shannon Gianna O’Reilly, Alanna Catherine Palombo, Dylan Mark Peck, Harold Thomas Pfeifle, Christopher Louis Raniszewski, Amber Therese Rumaker, Megan Margaret Rundall, Sara Cecilia Ruth, Colby Paul Schalek, Amanda Therese Schmid, Sarah Amelia Schuler, Elizabeth Katharine Sedberry, Chloe Veronica Selover, Brendan Padraig Shortall, Kara Anne Siciensky, Hannah Maria Stanks, Elizabeth Antoinette Stanton, Anthony Joseph Stanziani, John Patrick Sullivan, Patrick John Sullivan, Jr., Sydney George Unsworth, Anthony Brendan Wilson, Matthew Dominic Zelinski

This wonderful moment in our parish speaks to us all as we continue our own journey through the Easter season. The coming of the Holy Spirit on these young men and women call us to attend to our own reception of the Holy Spirit, personally and collectively as the Church on Pentecost.

Liturgically, Pentecost marks endings and beginnings. It marks the end of the Easter season and the beginning of ordinary time, for example. For the Apostles and the Church collectively, the descent of the Spirit marked an end of hesitation and fear of spreading the Gospel and a beginning of boldness and courage in preaching the salvation offered through Jesus Christ.

Let us pray for those who received this profound Sacrament, that they (and we) see this as a beginning. May we seek anew to start making an effort to live faithfully as followers of Christ with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Let us seek to put an end to our sinful habits and to live anew the life of Grace won for us by Christ Our Lord.

Father Pete