Dear parish family and friends of St. Julia,
This Sunday we celebrate the great Solemnity of Pentecost and our Easter season of 50 days will draw to a close. “Come Holy Spirit” is the theme of our celebrations and a reminder to each of us that we need to call upon the Holy Spirit every day. How very true this is. These gifts that we received at our confirmation are precious. The question is, do I call upon these gifts? Really and truly? Do I call upon the gift of wisdom, and value spiritual things over worldly ones? Do I contemplate the things of God? Do I call upon the gift of courage, and stand up for God and His truths? There is no doubt that this is what the world needs, and it starts in my own home. Do I pray for the gift of knowledge? This is the awareness of God’s plan. This can be a challenge at this time and living through a pandemic. Yet this is what we must pray for. Do I pray for the gift of wonder and awe that increases my desire to draw closer to God and depart from sin? The list goes on. Here we have yet another challenge, but opportunity too. When we call upon these gifts it has the power to change – wait – transform our lives, and live a rich and full life in communion with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
May we call upon the Holy Spirit, the advocate, to make a home in our hearts, and to be an instrument of peace, love, and hope.
I look forward to you joining me for Mass this Pentecost Sunday.
May God continue to bless and keep safe each of you and those that you love.
From Our Pastor