Today we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost. Today then, is the day when we celebrate the fullness of Easter --- the resurrection of Christ --- fifty days after the Church rejoiced in the new life of Christ, mindful of the fact that this joy flows from the cross and martyrdom. Today, the Spirit of God is revealed to us, the Spirit that Christ, through his resurrection and eternal life, breathed forth into the Church. For this reason the Church is persecuted but can never be overcome.
Many of you participated in the Easter Vigil. The paschal candle illuminated the midnight sky of Holy Saturday and became light through the candles that you carried. This light now becomes tongues of fire that fall from heaven and tell us that these paschal torches are symbols of God who dwells with humankind, symbols of the Holy Spirit that no one can extinguish. This is the fullness of Easter.
This is the day then when the Church was inaugurated. Today then is an opportunity to know what the Church is. We are not a political, sociological or economic power. We are the little David who goes out to meet Goliath, who trusts in his arms, his power and his wealth. We trust in the name of the Lord. Our smallness will become great and powerful if we are humble, loving and trusting in the name of the Lord. This is Pentecost.
Archbishop Oscar Romero –
homily for Pentecost 1977
Milly Taylor who died recently. All the faithful departed and all those living with or recovering from illness or undergoing medical treatment including: Eileen Allen, Vera Allen, Marc Bailey, Mary Birks, Ken Boyes, Amanda Bradbury, Vera Bradbury, Tommy Bradford, Archie Brocklehurst, Liz Carroll, Ethan Connolly, Marian Cullen, Josie & John Daintith, John Daniels, Nadine Davies, Monica Dixon, Jimmy Evans, Laurie Finn, Teresa & John Glover, Jamie Graham, Joan Grant, Tom Hopkins, Mary Howard, Graham Hutson, Joan Johnson, Lilly Kelly, Wendy Kirkpatrick, Fulvia Large, Esther Lloyd Jones, Renaldo Marcella, Paul McGrath, Abigail McNicholas, Eileen Moyse, Joan Murray, Ron Norman, James O’Hara, May O’Rourke, Mary Pajak, Charles Pendry, Margaret Pickup, Tony Potter, Fionuala Price, David Prince, Margaret Quinn, Marjorie Rigby, Christine Rowe, Shelley Scott, Tommy Sharkey, Marian Shaw , Tom & Hazel Sudell, Michael Swift, Enid Thompson, Ronnie Thompson, Howard Tomlinson, Pam Traynor, Cecily Waite, Rose Walsh, Ben Watson, Ann Weiss, Tina Hanks Margaret Wightman, John Williams & Colin Wright.