This Week's Sunday Mass

May 31, 2020: Pentecost Sunday

Presider: Fr. Arul Ponnaiyan
Parish: St. Paul & Sacred Heart
Choir: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

The Lord be with you. And with your spirit.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John. Glory to you o Lord

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the father has sent me, so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the holy spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained."

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

Saint Pope John Paul was the talk of the town in 1986 when he visited India. I was a little kid and I still remember some of my folks who had gone to take a glimpse of him, visit him, come back and explain their experience. This is how they described that....there was an unknown spiritual goosebumps all over their body for seeing Pope for the first time in their lives, that was a great experience. A lot of excitement. His visit to India created a lot of excitement in people. I cannot explain in words. Some similar thing was happening 2000 plus years ago in Jerusalem, there was a lot of excitement and everyone in Jerusalem on that day witnessed something that they had never ever experienced. They were all astonished and amazed at what was happening on the day of Pentecost. That the Holy Spirit coming in the form of tongues of fire, resting on the apostles. So this is how I look at those who were there on that day, their lives were never the same again. All of them became believers, were baptized and they became one community and the acts of the apostles tells us very very inspiring, they tell us that everyone in that community became in one heart and one mind. They were in one heart and one mind, they began to share everything they had. Breaking of the bread, all the resources that they had they brought to be shared with everyone in the community and they began to speak one common language that was the language of love. So this is what happened. If you try to picture it: everyone gave, that means everyone received, so when everyone gave, everyone received, there was no one who was in need in that community. That was a vision that Jesus had shaped for his disciples and this first Christian community he was making it a reality. So what an ideal community for us to be inspired and to follow today. So brothers and sisters, I invite us to look at our own family, community, nation. Do we speak one common language? The language of love? Do our lives give witness to the presence of the Holy Spirit as we witness in the first Christian community? Believe me brothers and sisters, the Holy Spirit that Jesus breathed on the disciples is very much visibly and powerfully present in our world today.
Entrance: Send Down the Fire
Text: Marty Haugen, b. 1950
Tune: Marty Haugen, b. 1950
© 1989 GIA Publications, Inc.

Gloria: Mass of Light
Text: ICEL © 1988, 2010
Music: Mass of Light, David Haas, © 1988, 2010, GIA Publications, Inc.

Psalm 104: Lord, Send Out Your Spirit
Text: Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34; Paul Lisicky, © 1985 GIA Publications, Inc.; refrain trans. © 1969, ICEL
Music: Paul Lisicky, © 1985, GIA Publications, Inc.

Gospel Accl. Halle, Halle, Halle
Music: Traditional Caribbean, arr. by John L. Bell © 1990 Iona Community GIA Publications, Inc. agent; verses and acc. by Marty Haugen, © 1993, GIA Publications, Inc.

Preparation: Holy Spirit Come Into Our Lives
Text: Verses 1 & 2 based on Isaiah 11:2, verses 3-6 based on the Pentecost Sequence; Ken Canedo, b. 1953
Music: Ken Canedo
Text and music © 1998 Ken Canedo. Published by a division of OCP. All rights reserved

Communion: Spirit and Grace
© 2006 Ricky Manalo, CSP. Published by OCP. All rights reserved.

Sending Forth: Come Holy Ghost
Text: Veni Creator Spiritus; attr. to Rabanus Maurus, 776-856; tr. by Edward Caseall, 1814-1878, alt
Tune: LAMBILLOTTE, LM with repeat; Louis Lambillotte, SJ 1796-1855, harm. by Richard Proulx, 1937-2010, © 1986, GIA Publications, Inc.

Mass Setting: Mass of a Joyful Heart
Text: © 2010 ICEL All rights reserved. Used with permission
Music: Mass of a Joyful Heart; Steve Angrisano, b. 1965 and Tom Tomaszek, b. 1950; vocal harm. by Ken Canedo, b. 1953 © 1997, 2010, Steve Angrisano and Thomas N. Tomaszek. Published by OCP. All rights reserved.

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