St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church

"A LITTLE SPRINKLE"

A  Reflection on the Readings of the Day 

by Fr. Joseph

May 31, 2020

Pentecost Sunday

First Reading

ACTS 2:1-11

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,

they were all in one place together.

And suddenly there came from the sky

a noise like a strong driving wind,

and it filled the entire house in which they were.

Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,

which parted and came to rest on each one of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit

and began to speak in different tongues,

as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.

At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd,

but they were confused

because each one heard them speaking in his own language.

They were astounded, and in amazement they asked,

“Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans?

Then how does each of us hear them in his native language?

We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites,

inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia,

Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia,

Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene,

as well as travelers from Rome,

both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs,

yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues

of the mighty acts of God.”

 

Responsorial Psalm

PS 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34

R. (cf. 30) Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

or:

R. Alleluia.

Bless the LORD, O my soul!

O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!

How manifold are your works, O Lord!

the earth is full of your creatures;

R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

or:

R. Alleluia.

May the glory of the LORD endure forever;

may the LORD be glad in his works!

Pleasing to him be my theme;

I will be glad in the LORD.

R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

or:

R. Alleluia.

If you take away their breath, they perish

and return to their dust.

When you send forth your spirit, they are created,

and you renew the face of the earth.

R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

or:

R. Alleluia.

 

Second Reading

1 COR 12:3B-7, 12-13

Brothers and sisters:

No one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit;

there are different forms of service but the same Lord;

there are different workings but the same God

who produces all of them in everyone.

To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit

is given for some benefit.

As a body is one though it has many parts,

and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body,

so also Christ.

For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body,

whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons,

and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.

Sequence

Veni, Sancte Spiritus

Come, Holy Spirit, come!

And from your celestial home

Shed a ray of light divine!

Come, Father of the poor!

Come, source of all our store!

Come, within our bosoms shine.

You, of comforters the best;

You, the soul’s most welcome guest;

Sweet refreshment here below;

In our labor, rest most sweet;

Grateful coolness in the heat;

Solace in the midst of woe.

O most blessed Light divine,

Shine within these hearts of yours,

And our inmost being fill!

Where you are not, we have naught,

Nothing good in deed or thought,

Nothing free from taint of ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;

On our dryness pour your dew;

Wash the stains of guilt away:

Bend the stubborn heart and will;

Melt the frozen, warm the chill;

Guide the steps that go astray.

On the faithful, who adore

And confess you, evermore

In your sevenfold gift descend;

Give them virtue’s sure reward;

Give them your salvation, Lord;

Give them joys that never end. Amen.

Alleluia.

 

Alleluia

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful

and kindle in them the fire of your love.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

Gospel

JN 20:19-23

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.”

unWORDy

“They were astounded, and in amazement they asked,

“Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans?”

Wow 

That’s what Pentecost Sunday is all about. It reminds us how amazing the Holy Spirit is. What a gift our Lord has given us. We don’t have a clue how much he can accomplish through us, his humble servants. 

In the First Reading from the Acts of Apostles, we could see how stunned the people were to be able to understand these men whom they thought were drunk. The people who heard them came from different places. Name it. Yet, the empowered disciples not only communicated to them in different languages. Most of all, they were able to touch the hearts of each one of them. 

Through the Holy Spirit, the disciples left the upper room to finally begin “to renew the face of the earth.” Courageously they preached this Jesus whom they’ve crucified and proclaimed "He’s risen" three days later. They boldly proclaimed He is The Christ. They were no longer afraid of getting arrested.  Plus,  it was astounding how these men were able to preach so eloquently and so convincingly when they couldn’t even read nor write!  Their words, inspired by the Holy Spirit, have welcomed everyone to the Church. That’s why our Church is so full of life and beauty because of her diversity.  The Holy Spirit moves in different directions.  Sometimes he reveals himself in new and surprising ways. We need to be open to his surprises. 

What are the words we say? Are they welcoming to people especially the outsiders?  Words have power.  If we would like to make use of them effectively and responsibly, let us always rely on the Holy Spirit. Always humbly pray to him as you begin your day.  We preach in our own little way in our homes, work places, neighborhoods, Churches, and other places we visit. If we would like to bring people to Jesus, we will need the Holy Spirit to help us say only words that will touch the hearts of people we encounter.  With the Divine Helper, we can.

Come Holy Spirit, we need you. 

A Little Sprinkle Video:

“The Holy Spirit in the Life of Catholics” by Jeff Cavins https://youtu.be/1_l8vGBboV8  

A Little Sprinkle Quote:

“Pentecost is the moment when the heart of stone is shattered and a heart of flesh takes its place.”  (Fr. Raniero Cantalamesa)

A Little Sprinkle Song:

“The Spirit is A-Movin’” by Carey Landry https://youtu.be/bf8LK7k8FYw

 

COVID-19 UPDATE 5/25/2020

No official reopening date has been given to us by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Until further notice all regular scheduled Masses and Friday and Saturday confessions will be canceled. 

All parish events and meetings will also be cancelled or suspended until further notice.  

We will continue to update our website and try to keep you up to date on any new changes and information.

We are a diverse faith-community that strives to conform ourselves into the image of Christ in and through the power of the Holy Spirit, and nourished by The Word, Sacraments and Tradition to give glory to God and to be a “light unto the nations."

 

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St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church 320 W. Garvey Ave Monterey Park, Ca. 91754. 

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Sunday Donations for

the week of May 17

 

Envelope donations $1,673.00 Weekly Online Giving $865.00

Total Contributions $2,538.00

Thank you for your continued support of your parish. 

 

Parish Office 

We are here for you! 9 AM to 7PM Monday-Friday. The Church and Parish Office doors will remain locked, but the Parish staff is here to assist you over the telephone or via email. We are maintaining social distancing and observing all COVID19 health guidelines. For information and service, please call 626-573-0427 or email us at st.stephen.martyr@gmail.com

UNITED TOGETHER IN PRAYER: for Healing from Abuse

PRAYER

God of endless love, ever caring, ever strong, always present, always just: You gave your only Son to save us by his blood on the cross. Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace, join to your own suffering the pain of all who have been hurt in body, mind, and spirit by those who betrayed the trust placed in them. Hear the cries of our brothers and sisters who have been gravely harmed, and the cries of those who love them. Soothe their restless hearts with hope, steady their shaken spirits with faith. Grant them justice for their cause, enlightened by your truth. Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts, heal your people’s wounds and transform brokenness into wholeness. Grant us the courage and wisdom, humility and grace, to act with justice. Breathe wisdom into our prayers and labors. Grant that all harmed by abuse may find peace in justice. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.