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Happy Birthday to the Church! Celebrating Pentecost

Flickr image, -Pentecost 26-The Holy Spirit- by Waiting for the Word, June 2011Each year the Church celebrates 50 days of Easter, culminating in the feast of Pentecost. Recognized as the birthday of the Church, Pentecost marks the occasion of God’s sending the Holy Spirit upon Jesus’ disciples after his resurrection. 

"A Church that goes forth" strengthened by the Holy Spirit

On Sunday, May 20 we celebrate Pentecost and recall Christ’s command to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth.

Before Pentecost, the disciples were unsure of what they were to do next, and spent most of their time in hiding. After Pentecost, having received the gift of the Holy Spirit, they understood and embraced their mission to spread the Good News of Jesus, and had the courage to come out of hiding and speak openly about who Jesus was, and what he had accomplished by his dying and rising.
Just as those early followers of Jesus were sent out on mission into the world, so too are we. Armed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we are called to be modern-day missionaries, bringing the good news of the Gospel out to the world with joy and love, especially to those on the peripheries.

 Watch Busted Halo's "Pentecost in 2 Minutes"



Additional resources

Pentecost: The Church’s Birthday (USCCB's For Your Marriage)
The Holy Spirit and Mission - Confirmed people are "soldiers of Christ" (Bishop Barron homily, May 15, 2016)
Daily readings (USCCB)