Fr. Arbuckle will be gone Thursday and Friday, May 24-25 so there will not be Adoration, Confessions or Mass at St. Joan of Arc.
Sunday the Church celebrates Pentecost. For Christians, Pentecost is a holiday on which we commemorate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the early followers of Jesus. Before the events of the first Pentecost, which came a few weeks after Jesus’ death and resurrection, there were followers of Jesus, but no movement that could be meaningfully called “the church.” Thus, from an historical point of view, Pentecost is the day on which the church was started. This is also true from a spiritual perspective, since the Spirit brings the church into existence and enlivens it. Thus Pentecost is the church’s birthday.
In addition to the myriad feast days honoring Our Lady under her many titles and virtues, the entire month of May is especially given to her praise. In the words of Pope Paul VI, May is "a month which the piety of the faithful has long dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God ... For this is the month during which Christians, in their churches and their homes, offer the Virgin Mother more fervent and loving acts of homage and veneration; and it is the month in which a greater abundance of God's merciful gifts comes down to us from our Mother's throne."
Mary, on this day when we honor all mothers, we turn to you. We thank the Lord whom you serve for the great gift of motherhood. Never has it been known that anyone who sought your intercession was left unaided by grace. Dear Mother, thank you for your "Yes" to the invitation of the angel which brought heaven to earth and changed human history. You opened yourself to God's word and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
Dear mother, intercede for all of our mothers. Ask your Divine Son to give them the grace of surrendered love so that they could join with you in giving their own "Fiat." May they find daily strength to say yes to the call to the sacrificial love- the very heart of the vocation of motherhood. May their love and witness be a source of great inspiration for all of us called to follow your Son.
On this Mothers day, Mother of the Word Incarnate, pray for us who have recourse to you...
In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The annual Mother’s Day dinner is Monday, May 7 at 6 pm. This year, our theme is “A Tribute to Mothers”. Again this year we will have lots of awesome vendors selling awesome products! Please support them.
Tickets are $15 and will be available to purchase after Mass on April 28/29 and May 5/6. Get your tickets early - we have a limited quantity and they go fast! If you have a gluten allergy, please notify us at ticket purchase.
Brian Campbell is resigning as Director of Youth Ministry at the completion of THE CALL Retreat (April 28-29) after 16 years of service at St. Joan of Arc. He has taken a job with Duke Energy in order to spend more time with his wife and family. We will miss him! If you or someone you know is interested in ministry work with the youth (MS and HS), the job description and application are posted here.