We are less than two weeks from the celebration of our parish feast day – the Feast of the Ascension—and less than three weeks from the celebration of Pentecost Sunday. Bishop Noonan recently reminded pastors that, during our prayerful re-opening of our parishes last year, Pentecost Sunday was the celebration of the first Sunday Mass within the sanctuaries of our churches. We are grateful that we were able to re-open and that we are able to receive Jesus in the Eucharist.
The Holy Spirit continues to encourage us to “open wide the doors” and gather as community to pray and celebrate the Eucharist even as we continue to face this pandemic, now with even more hope as many are vaccinated. We have already opened up more Communion stations throughout the church with the assistance of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC).
By the feast of the Ascension, we will be