Saturday, May 22, 2021

Pentecost Sunday Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Sunday, May 23, 2021 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church

Pentecost Sunday
Mass during the Day
Lectionary: 63
Reading I

What is Pentecost? 10 Things to Know and SHARE - The Holy Spirit Descends on Us at #Pentecost
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
104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34
R. (cf. 30) Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
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.
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.
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.
R. Alleluia.
Reading II
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.
Gal 5:16-25
Brothers and sisters, live by the Spirit
and you will certainly not gratify the desire of the flesh.
For the flesh has desires against the Spirit,
and the Spirit against the flesh;
these are opposed to each other,
so that you may not do what you want.
But if you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are obvious:
immorality, impurity, lust, idolatry,
sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy,
outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness,
dissensions, factions, occasions of envy,
drinking bouts, orgies, and the like.
I warn you, as I warned you before,
that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, generosity,
faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Against such there is no law.
Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their flesh
with its passions and desires.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit.
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.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of your love.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
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.”
Jn 15:26-27; 16:12-15
Jesus said to his disciples:
“When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father,
he will testify to me.
And you also testify,
because you have been with me from the beginning.
“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
But when he comes, the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you to all truth.
He will not speak on his own,
but he will speak what he hears,
and will declare to you the things that are coming.
He will glorify me,
because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
Everything that the Father has is mine;
for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine
and declare it to you.”

Prayer to Make a Spiritual Communion-

People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion
At your feet, O my Jesus I bow down and offer you the repentance of my contrite heart, which abysses itself into its nothingness and Your holy presence. I adore you in the Sacrament of Your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive you in the poor home that my heart offers you. In anticipation of the happiness of sacramental communion, I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, oh my Jesus, that I may come to you. May Your love inflame my whole being, for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you. So be it. Amen

Saint May 23 : St. Jeanne Antide Thouret who was Devoted to the Poor and Foundress of Sisters of Divine Charity

Jeanne Antide Thouret was born on the 27th November 1765 at Sancy-le-Long in the Diocese of Besançon, in the Doubs area of France.  Jeanne was the fifth child of eight children.  Her mother died when Jeanne was 15, leaving her to care for her father and siblings.
Jeanne wanted to join a community that combined prayer with community living and ministry to the poor.  In 1787, at the age of 22, Jeanne entered the congregation of the Daughters of Charity, hoping to live a life of prayer, community life and service to the poor.
During the suppression of religious orders in the French Revolution in 1793, all Religious orders were banned and their members dispersed throughout the country.  Jeanne was ordered home to a secular life.  She refused, and tried to escape the authorities.  She was captured and beaten so badly that it took her months to recover from her injuries.  This did not deter Jeanne from continuing her work as a Daughter of Charity, namely caring for the sick, the poor and those wounded during the Revolution.
They urged Jeanne to return to France and to take in young women and train them in caring for the sick and educating children.
Jeanne accepted the request and was able to return to France in 1799 where she opened a school, a dispensary, and a soup kitchen for the poor in Besançon.
With this small group of helpers, Jeanne founded a new Congregation of the Sisters of Charity to maintain and develop these works.
In 1810, Jeanne Antide was called to Naples.  There, together with a group of sisters, she was faced with a very hierarchical social system where the wealthy never encountered to poor.  Jeanne Antide was given the responsibility of the Hospital of the Incurable, the largest hospital in the city, with the sisters often visiting the poor and sick in their homes.
In 1819, the Pope approved the Rule of Life, a book she wrote as a guide for the women who followed her.  In fact, the Rule of Life is still used today by the Sisters of Charity of St. Jeanne Antide. Jeanne Antide died in Naples in 1826.  In 1934, Pope Pius XI declared her a Saint.

Jeanne Antide writes...

"Let us love Jesus Christ,let us love Him to the end of our livesand we will be sureto possess Him forever in heaven."
"I would cross the oceans,
I would go to any part of the world,if I knew this to be the will of God."
"To touch the poor
to know, love and serve Godis to do in partwhat the Saviour of the worldcame to do on earth,to bring about the Kingdom of God." 
The Sisters of Charity of St.  Jeanne Antide Thouret embrace the CORE GOSPEL VALUES of love, prayer, and service. 
CHARISMA"In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me" (Matthew: 25,40).
Love God and serve him in the poor person.
Prayer and the apostolate are the two faces of only one truth to live: Charity.
The sisters focus their energy and resources in service to the poor. They are attentive to the needs of the poor, becoming personally involved in their lives and serving them with respect and dignity.
The Sisters take four vows: poverty, celibacy, obedience, and service to the poor.
Biography from

Pope Francis says "Come, Holy Spirit! Come, Spirit of love and change the face of the earth and change my heart! ..Go out together to infect the world!" FULL TEXT




Although this recording is made in Rome, it will be made public from the Anglican Church of Christ, the Christ Church, in Jerusalem, where believers of different Christian traditions are gathered.

I want to thank this Anglican church for their hospitality, thank the people who have made this broadcast possible and, first of all, thank my brother and friend the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who has shared with us a precious reflection on the Holy Spirit .

I also thank CHARIS, for having listened to me and made the mission that I entrusted to them a reality in this Vigil of working for Christian unity. They have organized this Christian vigil through the Commission that they formed for this purpose, a commission made up of five Catholics and five members of different churches and Christian communities. Thanks.

This is a very special night, I want to share with you what is in my heart, thinking of Jerusalem, the holy city for the children of Abraham. I think of the room above, the upper room , where the one sent by the Father, the Holy Spirit that Jesus promises after his resurrection, descends with power on Mary and the disciples, forever transforming their lives and all of history.

I think of the Church of Santiago, the mother church, the first, the Church of the believers in Jesus, the Messiah, all of them Jews. The Church of Santiago, which never disappeared from history, is alive today. I think about the next morning. They resided in Jerusalem, the Acts of the Apostles tell us, pious Jews from all the nations under heaven, who, filled with amazement, listened to these Galileans speak in their own languages ​​(cf. Acts 2,7-8).

And later the story describes the community of believers in Jesus: "no one was in need because they had everything in common." And the people said of them: Look how they love each other. Brotherly love identifies them, and the presence of the Spirit makes them understandable. Tonight resonates in me more than ever the "look how they love each other"

Can the world today say of Christians, of them: "look at how they love each other" or can they truly say, "look at how they hate each other" or "look at how they fight"? What happened to us? We have sinned against God and against our brothers. We are divided, we have broken into a thousand pieces what God has done with so much love, compassion and tenderness. Everyone, everyone, we need to ask forgiveness, to the Father of all, and we also need to forgive ourselves.

If the unity of Christians in mutual love has always been necessary, today it is more urgent than ever. Let's look at the world: the plague, the effect not only of a virus but of selfishness and greed that make the poor poorer and the rich richer. Nature is reaching the limit of its possibilities due to the predatory action of man. Yes, the man whom God entrusted to take care of and make the earth bear fruit.

Brothers and sisters, tonight can be a prophecy, it can be the beginning of the testimony that we Christians, together, have to give to the world: to be witnesses of the love of God that has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who it has been given to us. The love to which we believers in Jesus have been called. Because tonight thousands of Christians raise together, from the corners of the earth, the same prayer: Come, Holy Spirit! Come, Spirit of love and change the face of the earth and change my heart!

Tonight, I urge you to look out into the world and make the testimony of the first Christian community come true: "look at how they love each other." Go out together to infect the world! Let us allow ourselves to be changed by the Holy Spirit in order to change the world. God is faithful, he never withdraws his promises, and for this reason, because God is faithful, I want to remember today, from Jerusalem, that prophecy of the great prophet of Israel: «It will happen in future days, the mountain of the House of the Lord will be established on top of the mountains, it will rise above the hills. All nations will converge in him, numerous peoples will come. They will say: "Come, let us go up to the Mount of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, so that he may teach us his ways and we may follow his paths." For the law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He will judge among the nations, he will judge numerous peoples, they will forge hoes with their swords, and with their pruning spears. Nation will not lift the sword against nation nor will they exercise more in war ( Is 2,2-4). So be it.

What is Pentecost? 10 Things to Know and SHARE - The Holy Spirit Descends on Us at #Pentecost

Pentecost is a Solemnity or major Feast Day in the Catholic Church is celebrated 50 days after Easter. In 2021, Pentecost Sunday will be on May 23. It is the Birthday of the Catholic Church and when the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples gathered in prayer. Here are 10 points about Pentecost that you need to know!
1. The Jewish name for Pentecost is Shavuot, or the Feast of Weeks (Leviticus 23:16), a feast in the calendar of Israel celebrating the giving of the Law on Sinai. This feast is still celebrated in Judaism as Shavuot. According to Jewish tradition, Pentecost commemorates God giving the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai fifty days after the Exodus.
 2. Pentecost is a Christian Feast Day remembering the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost is from the Greek word 'Pentekostos', which means 'fifty' after Easter.  In some places the Church celebrated it as Whitsun – 'White Sunday'. But the liturgical color at Mass is red. This was a day for baptisms and those being baptised would wear white.  Pentecost was when God poured out the wisdom of the Spirit. 
3.Pentecost is the fulfilment of promises.  Jesus said he would send another Counsellor, the Spirit of truth (John 16: 5-15). There are Seven Gifts of the sanctifying category; they are: wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, fortitude, piety and fear of the Lord.
4. The Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary were in the Upper room when the Holy Spirit entered. The biblical passages describes three distinct experiences. A violent wind filled the house or breath as a symbol of the Spirit of God a fire or a single flame that separates and symbolically rests on each of them (Book of Acts)
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5. This was recorded in the NT: “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them."
6. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” ~ Acts 2:1-4

Novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost
7. The story links back to the Old Testament story, in Genesis 11, when the people begin to build the huge Tower of Babel. God confused their language so they could no longer understand each other. At Pentecost, this Babel confusion is reversed.
8. Pentecost is the birthday of the Church. It marks the beginning of Christianity as a purposeful movement and a new community. 
9. When Peter preached immediately afterwards, around 3,000 people believed and were baptised.  
"Peter replied, 'Repent and be baptized. every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'" ~Acts 2:38 "Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day." ~ Acts 2:41 - 
10. You can obtain a Plenary Indulgence on Pentecost by Praying the Hymn Veni Creator Spiritus
Veni, creator Spiritus,
mentes tuorum visita,
imple superna gratia,
quae tu creasti pectora.
Come, Holy Ghost, Creator, come
from thy bright heav'nly throne;
come, take possession of our souls,
and make them all thine own.
Qui diceris Paraclitus,
donum Dei altissimi,
fons vivus, ignis, caritas,
et spiritalis unctio.
Thou who art called the Paraclete,
best gift of God above,
the living spring, the living fire,
sweet unction and true love.
Tu septiformis munere,
dextrae Dei tu digitus
tu rite promissum Patris,
sermone ditans guttura.
Thou who art sevenfold in thy grace,
finger of God's right hand;
his promise, teaching little ones
to speak and understand.
Accende lumen sensibus,
infunde amorem cordibus,
infirma nostri corporis
virtute firmans perpeti.
O guide our minds with thy blest light,
with love our hearts inflame;
and with thy strength, which ne'er decays,
confirm our mortal frame.
Hostem repellas longius
pacemque dones protinus;
ductore sic te praevio
vitemus omne noxium.
Far from us drive our deadly foe;
true peace unto us bring;
and through all perils lead us safe
beneath thy sacred wing.
Per te sciamus da Patrem
noscamus atque Filium,
te utriusque Spiritum
credamus omni tempore.
Through thee may we the Father know,
through thee th'eternal Son,
and thee the Spirit of them both,
thrice-blessed three in One.

Pope Francis Brings 7 People Closer to Becoming Saints - Including a Missionary Sister to China and a Martyr of Peru

Promulgation of Decrees of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, 22.05.2021

On 22 May 2021, the Holy Father Francis received in audience His Eminence Most Reverend Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

During the audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorized the same Congregation to promulgate the decrees concerning:

- the martyrdom of the Servant of God Maria Agostina Rivas López, known as Aguchita (born Antonia Luzmila), a professed religious of the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd; born in Coracora (Peru) on June 13, 1920 and killed, in hatred of the Faith, in La Florida (Peru) on September 27, 1990;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Felice Canelli, diocesan priest; born in San Severo (Italy) on 14 October 1880 and died there on 23 November 1977;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Bernard of the Mother of Beautiful Love (born Sigismondo Kryszkiewicz), professed priest of the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ; born in Mława (Poland) on 2 May 1915 and died in Przasnysz (Poland) on 7 July 1945;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Mariano Gazpio Ezcurra, professed priest of the Order of the Augustinian Recollects; born in Puente la Reina (Spain) on 18 December 1899 and died in Pamplona (Spain) on 22 September 1989;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Colomba di Gesù Ostia (born Anna Antonietta Mezzacapo), Prioress of the Monastery of Santa Teresa delle Carmelitane Scalze di “Marcianise”; born in Marcianise (Italy) on June 15, 1914 and died there on August 13, 1969;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Antonia Lesino, of the secular Institute known as the “Little Franciscan Family”; born in Milan (Italy) on 11 October 1897 and died in Brescia (Italy) on 24 February 1962;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Alessandro Bálint, Lay, Father of a family; born in Szeged-Alsóváros (now Hungary) on 1 August 1904 and died in Budapest (Hungary) on 10 May 1980.

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Pope Francis says "Experiences that show that when teachers 'generativity meets students' "dreams" there is no virus that can stop them!" FULL TEXT to Students




Sala Clementina - Saturday, May 22, 2021

Thank you all, dear friends, and welcome! Thanks for your presence. This meeting should have taken place, I believe, last February, on the anniversary of the beginning of the epidemic in Europe, right in the city of Codogno. I thank the Manager for her introductory words. I thank the best known citizen, perhaps, of Codogno, Msgr. Fisichella, and I thank you all. Thank you.

As soon as I received your proposal, I saw that it was important to accept it, because your school, in the context of this ordeal, represents a sign of hope. First of all because it is a school, that is, an educational place par excellence. And second, specifically, because it is a technical-professional institute, that is, it directly prepares young people for work; and precisely work, employment, is one of the victims of this pandemic. So, you are a double sign of hope. But if you are concretely it is because, as the Manager said, “you have never lost heart”. This is crucial. I congratulate you!

In recent months I have received news of several very positive experiences lived by groups of teachers and students, in Italy and in other countries. Experiences that show that when teachers 'generativity meets students' "dreams" there is no virus that can stop them! You boys and girls have a strength within you, a desire that, if stimulated and accompanied with wisdom and passion by adults, bears surprising fruits. The Manager said it well: there is a need for teachers who are "masters" in the noblest sense of the term.

In particular, your Institute highlights the link between learning and doing, between studying and working, between the "head" and the "hands". One is missing: your heart. The three languages: that of the head, that of the heart and that of the hands. To achieve that consistency whereby you think what you feel and do, you hear what you think and do, you do what you feel and think. That total coherence… And these three dimensions must always interact in the school, as they are connected in the person, in the journey of life. Head, heart and hands: a circle to always keep open and dynamic.

The relational dimension between you students, and also with teachers, has been penalized in the long months of distance learning. Now I hope you can fully take it back. But I also invite you to learn from this lack: that, in a certain sense, this negative experience can teach something, namely the importance of the real, not virtual, interpersonal relationship. You boys and girls are children of the digital society, which has opened new paths to knowledge and communication; but we know well by now that there is the danger of withdrawing into oneself and of seeing reality always through a filter that only apparently increases our freedom. The experience of the pandemic, with this "abstinence" from friendships, may stimulate in you, who are aware of it, a greater critical sense in the use of these tools; so that they remain such, that is, tools, subject to our intelligence and will.

And another thing I want to tell you: surely you have heard many times: "young people, we must take care of young people because they are the future". Nothing: you are the present, you are the present. Don't think about moving towards the future: you will be the future if you are the present. You are the present in society. Without young people, a society is almost dead. You are present because you bring new life. Don't forget this.

Dear friends, thank you again for your visit. I wish you a good end to this school year - it is close! -, not only in terms of votes , but also and above all in terms of faces ! May each of you feel the desire to thank God for the opportunity of the school: a place to grow with the head, with the hands and with the heart; a place to learn to live relationships in an open, respectful, constructive way; place to become aware and responsible citizens. I bless you and accompany you with prayer. And you too, please, I ask you to pray for me. Thank you!

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