From the Pastor on Pentecost Sunday

posted May 21, 2010, 10:43 AM by STA Woodhaven   [ updated Mar 4, 2011, 3:08 PM by STAWoodhaven Webmaster ]
Today is Pentecost Sunday, when we recall the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles.  While we recall this significant event in the life of the Church, as well as salvation history, we are privileged to have Bishop Cisneros celebrate Mass and administer the sacrament of Confirmation at 3:00PM today.  I am happy to say that through the fine work of our students, parents, the Office of Faith Formation and Saint Thomas School, I can honestly attest that those receiving Confirmation today are aware of the significance of their actions and the promises made at Baptism which they confirm today.

My only concern is that in years past, after Confirming close to 100 people each year, only a small fragment continued to join us for Mass weekly.  (Could you imagine the vibrancy of our Parish if all these young people actually lived the faith they professed at Confirmation just for the last 5 years alone?) This year, we have made every attempt to ensure that the 66 young men and women receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation actually attended weekly Mass and clearly understood how much we want them to continue in the practice of our faith.  I am grateful to all those who assisted in this most important work, which will be expanded in the years ahead.  As I’ve said before, if we don’t take Church seriously how can we expect others to see the richness and value of our Faith?

Please join me in asking the Holy Spirit to guide and protect those Confirmed today, their families, and our Parish so that we may experience the joys of their joining us as we celebrate God’s goodness each week. 

Lastly, as we remember those whose lives guaranteed and protected our freedoms and our Nation, let us give thanks for their many sacrifices on our behalf. 

May the Holy Spirit inspire us to spread the Gospel message without fear by boldly living the faith we profess.

Fr. Frank Tumino