May 24th, 2015 – PENTECOST SUNDAY

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     “Pentecost” literally means 50th.  For the Jews it is a feast celebrated on the 50th day after the Passover feast and for us, Christians, it is a feast celebrated on the 50th day after Jesus’ Resurrection.

The event: On the day of Pentecost 1) The Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles and the Blessed Virgin in fiery tongues. 2) The frightened apostles were transformed into fearless and zealous preachers and evangelizers. 3) The audience heard Peter speak in their own respective languages (Gift of Tongues). 4) The early Christians became powerful witnesses and brave martyrs for their faith in Jesus.           
The role of the Holy Spirit in Christian life: 1) As an indwelling God, He makes us living temples (1 Cor. 3:16). 2) As a strengthening God, He strengthens us in our fight against temptations and in our mission of bearing witness to Christ by transparent Christian lives. 3) As a sanctifying God, He makes us holy through the sacraments: a) He makes us children of God and heirs of heaven through Baptism, b) He makes us temples of God, warriors and defenders of faith, through Confirmation. c) He enables us to be reconciled to God by pardoning our sins through Reconciliation. d) He gives us spiritual nourishment through the Holy Eucharist. 4) As a teaching and guiding God, He clarifies and constantly reminds us of Christ’s teachings. 5) As a listening and talking God, He listens to our prayers and enables us to pray, and He continues to speak to us in various and numerous ways, 6) As a giver of gifts, He gives us His gifts, fruits and charisms.


After giving His final instructions to His apostles Jesus ascended to heaven. Paradoxically, when Jesus took His place beside the Father His presence among us is perpetuated and confirmed. For by being glorified, Jesus humanity is no longer subject to any created power, including space and time. During the days of His earthly existence He remained confined to a small corner of the earth, a brief span of thirty-some years. But now He fills the universe in all its parts so that Christians of all times and all places can enter into living contact with Him. We are part of the mission to make His abiding presence felt in the world: proclaim the Good News to the whole creationbe witnesses, and make disciples of all nation (Mt. 28:19).  


Retreat Day for Ministers of Care

Office of Formation for Discipleship is pleased to inform you of the upcoming Retreat Day for Ministers of Care on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Mississauga. The theme for this retreat is “Ministering for the Greater Glory of God”.  This retreat will be guided by Fr. Douglas McCarthy, SJ.

This retreat will be a wonderful opportunity for all Ministers of Care (caregivers) from the different parishes to come together and meet others who are involved in similar caring ministries. It will offer time for personal prayerful reflection, group faith sharing, fellowship and the celebration of the Eucharist.  This retreat is intended for all new or experienced Ministers of Care who are involved in social outreach ministries such as; visiting the sick, helping the poor, bereavement, respite care, social justice committees, etc.

Registration forms available at the parish office.
Pre-registration is required by May 25, 2015.

If you have any questions about this retreat, please feel free to contact Sally Amaral at (416) 721-3741 or email: