Pentecost and Missionary Discipleship

This year, the Church celebrates the great feast of Pentecost on May 20. As recounted in the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, Pentecost occurred when the followers of Jesus were clustered together in a room and were suddenly surprised – overtaken is not too strong a word – by the dynamic presence of the Holy Spirit in their midst. Strong wind and flame seemed to sweep the room, and the Apostles were so filled with the gifts of the Spirit that they emerged to speak in multiple languages to the throngs who had come to Jerusalem to celebrate a Jewish festival.

In our secular culture, Pentecost goes largely unobserved. “Pentecost” cards don’t pop up on store shelves weeks in advance, and there’s no merchandising that remotely compares to Easter and Christmas.

“The Holy Spirit brought courage to replace fear, understanding to replace confusion, faith to replace doubt.”

Yet make no mistake. To Christians, Pentecost is a great celebration, sometimes called the birthday of the Church. The word Pentecost has its roots in the Greek word for “fifty;” Pentecost comes fifty days after the Resurrection on the seventh Sunday after Easter.

Why was Pentecost such a watershed event in the life of the Church? As Christian stewards, we know we are called to be missionary disciples. This calling has its roots in the momentous events of Pentecost. Up until that time, the followers of Jesus were still a somewhat disorganized band of believers, still in shock over the events of the crucifixion, still confused about the meaning of the sightings of the Risen Lord.

Pentecost abruptly and forever changed that. Suddenly, missionary disciples were born, followers both called and sent forth. Like us, they were called together, in community. They became aware that their great mission was to reach, not just their Jewish brothers and sisters in Palestine, but the disparate crowds who visited Jerusalem and beyond. Like us, they were called to bring Jesus to the world.

The Holy Spirit brought courage to replace fear, understanding to replace confusion, faith to replace doubt. The same Holy Spirit moves in our own lives, perhaps not always with the drama of that first Pentecost, but with the same grace. The Spirit calls us within our Church community to share Jesus with others, just as the disciples were called.

Let’s celebrate Pentecost this year as heirs to this great moment in the life of our Church, as stewards inspired to be missionary disciples for the life of the world.

Used with permission from the International Catholic Stewardship Council

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Sponsor a Family Program

Bayside Community Center and the All Hallows Christmas Sponsor-a-Family Program

All of our families have been sponsored. Thanks to you, All Hallows! Bayside also urgently needs gift certificates or monetary donations for clients not in the “Sponsor-a-Family” program.

Senior gift bags are also most welcome.

These are not homeless seniors—they are seniors in need. They are clients of Bayside Community Center founded by the Sisters of Social Services.

Tricia McColl and Carey McColl-Ross are the coordinators for the parish.

For more information contact:

Tricia McColl

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Senior Drop Off: Parish Office
anytime before 12/12/17

Family Drop Off: in Upper Parking Structure
Thursday, Dec. 14th ~ 4pm ~ 5:30 pm
Friday, Dec. 15th ~ 7:00 am ~ 10:00 am

2017 Collection For National Needs

This year we have the opportunity to live the gospel
through the annual National Needs collection. The
collection is this weekend and you will find envelopes in
the back of the church. You can return your gift anytime
this year.

The diocese will divide your contribution, as you indicate,
among the following causes:

  • Catholic Communications Campaign
  • Catholic Home Missions
  • Catholic University of America
  • Campaign for Human Development
  • Black and Indian Missions

Firstly, we give because it is an extension of our
stewardship from All Hallows parish to the rest of the
Church. Also, just as we give to renew and grow the
ministries of our parish, we cannot fail to reflect on the
blessedness of the Church that surrounds us.

As a Catholic Community we are blessed with a 58-year
history and tradition of prayer, education and service. Our
Catholic heritage is so much more and we need to give
thanks for that blessing.

We are called to be faithful to the vision and message of
the gospel to continue Christ’s work on earth. Our
financial stewardship to those in need continues in good
times and bad. It is a commitment to serve that we
witness through the financial support we give next week
and beyond. A sign to the Lord that we are present and a
witness to His word in the gospel we embrace.