Dearly Beloved in Christ:
Happy Pentecost Sunday! Today we commemorate the fulfillment of the promise of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to his disciples, to all believers: “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth” (John 14:16-17a). The Holy Spirit confirms us as children of God (Romans 8:15-16), empowers us to give witness to our baptismal calling (- this is the point of the Acts of the Apostles, sometimes referred to informally as the Gospel of the Holy Spirit), animates and directs us according to God’s gracious will (Galatians 5:16-25), fills us with gifts and charisms for ministry (1 Corinthians 12:4-12), and binds us together in unity as members of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:1-6).
The Holy Spirit is the bond of charity and of peace. In preparation for the feast of Pentecost, we encouraged everyone to pray the Novena to the Holy Spirit, which started on Friday, May 11, 2018. If you were unable to do so, please consider offering this prayer with your family for our Holy Family Parish. Pray that we continue to strive to be one Holy Family Parish, united in the joy of the Holy Spirit and in charity, as missionary disciples.
Starting tomorrow, we will have a new Marian Feast inserted into the Universal Calendar of the Latin Church – the obligatory Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. This feast was instituted by Pope Francis and is to be observed on the Monday after Pentecost. The feast has roots in the Church’s tradition and in her constant devotion to Mary as Mother of the Redeemer and the redeemed. Thus, it helps us to “help us to remember that growth in the Christian life must be anchored to the Mystery of the Cross, to the oblation of Christ in the Eucharistic Banquet and to the Mother of the Redeemer and Mother of the Redeemed, the Virgin who makes her offering to God” (source: Decree on the Celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of the Church in the General Roman Calendar).
I would like to announce to everyone two important transitions that will be taking place in our parish soon. First, our Seminarian, Brother Norbert C. Oparaji, who has been with us since October of last year will officially be ending his pastoral assignment by the end of May. Secondly, our beloved Deacon John Carrillo who currently serves as the Director of Hispanic Ministries in our parish will be transitioning to a new pastoral position in a different parish effective August 1, 2018. Deacon Carrillo has served us well as an instrument of God’s healing especially among our Hispanic brothers and sisters. Deacon Carrillo and Brother Norbert: we thank you for your service and we love you; you will always be a part of our Holy Family Parish. Please note that Deacon Carrillo will continue to assist us with our liturgies (i.e. with masses, etc.) and ministries as much as possible. Also, beginning in September of this year, we will be having a new Seminarian with us – Brother Chad Henry – for a year of Pastoral Assignment.
Finally, please be informed that we will only have morning Masses on the following days, May 21 – 24, as all the priests will be attending the Biannual Priests Convocation during this period.
In Christ’s love,
Fr. Jude Ekenedilichukwu Ezuma