Pentecost Sunday - June 9, 2019
THIS WEEK’S REFLECTION
The Coming of the Holy Spirit
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. Acts 2:2-4
Do you think there was really a “noise like a strong driving wind” at this first outpouring of the Holy Spirit? And do you think there really were “tongues as of fire” that came and rested on everyone? Well, there most likely was! Why else would have it been recorded that way in the Scriptures?
These physical manifestations of the coming of the Holy Spirit were made present for numerous reasons. One reason was so that these first recipients of the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit would have concretely understood that something amazing was happening. By seeing and hearing these physical manifestations of the Holy Spirit they were more properly disposed to understand that God was doing something awesome. And then, upon seeing and hearing these manifestations, they were touched by the Holy Spirit, consumed, filled and set on fire. They suddenly discovered within themselves the promise Jesus made and they finally began to understand. Pentecost changed their lives!
We most likely have not seen and heard these physical manifestations of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, but we should rely upon the witness of those in the Scriptures to allow ourselves to arrive at a deep and transforming faith that the Holy Spirit is real and wants to enter our lives in the same way. God wants to set our hearts on fire with His love, strength and grace so as to effectively live lives that effect change in the world. Pentecost is not only about us becoming holy, it’s also about us being given all we need to go forth and bring the holiness of God to all those we encounter. Pentecost enables us to be powerful instruments of the transforming grace of God. And there is no doubt that the world around us needs this grace.
The annual Senior Appreciation Luncheon for the Pastorate for members 65 and older will take place in at St. Francis Xavier Church Hall this Saturday, June 15, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm. The event is hosted by the St. Wenceslaus Sunday School staff and students and includes lunch, gifts, and entertainment. Please sign the list in the back of the church if you are interested in attending.
Come join the KPC Ladies Auxiliary St. Ann’s Court for A Trip to Delaware Park Saturday, June 15, 2019. Donations are $35 per person, Rebate: $30. The Bus departs from St. Ann’s Church at 3:00 pm and returns at 11:30 pm. For tickets and inquiries see:
Dorothy Horton-Brown – 443-621-0846
Barbara Mason – 410-889-9377
Cynthia Johnson – 443-854-8094
We will be honoring all of our 2019 graduates during our annual Graduation Sunday Mass on June 23. Please sign the list in the back of the church if you or a member of your immediate family is graduating from school (Pre-K through postgraduate) this year and will be here to celebrate with us on Sunday, June 23.
Bishop Madden invites you to join him for his next prayer walk on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at Transfiguration Catholic Community – 775 W. Hamburg Street, Baltimore, MD 21230. The evening will begin with a light meal at 5:30 p.m. and end before 7:30 p.m. During the walk, we will pray at specific locations that have been affected by violence, and for all those individuals who have been so terribly affected by violence, and for a change of heart in those given to violence. Transfiguration Catholic Community Parish phone: (410) 685-5044
OBLATE SISTERS OF PROVIDENCE
The Oblate Sisters of Providence will celebrate the 190th Anniversary of the founding of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, Tuesday, July 2nd, 6:30 p.m. at the OSP Mother House at Our Lady of Mount Providence Convent 701Gun Road, 21227. Archbishop William E. Lori will celebrate the Eucharistic Liturgy and Deacon Paul Shelton will provide the Homily. Reception to follow.
Discover a way to share yourself with our community. Are you currently in a Ministry or service group at St. Ann? Do you need more members? Or, are you searching for a way to get involved? Perhaps there is a service that you would like to see grow in the Parish. Service is a way to nurture our community and to grow closer to the life Jesus wants for us. Stewardship Sunday is Sunday, June 30. We also ask you to pray for god’s guidance as you prepare to pledge your self-giving at this time of stewardship as your consistent and steady giving is an important part of your involvement in our church community.
As you contemplate on ways in which you may contribute to the mission of our parish, here are just a few of our ministries that you may consider joining:
Altar Server Lector
Choir Technology &
Sunday School Communications
Eucharistic Minister Outreach
Eucharistic Minister Hospitality
to the Sick Evangelization
Usher Sista Circle
St. Ann’s Men’s Ministry Physical Plant
Racial Justice Liturgy
Community Relations Religious Ed
Jubilee Seniors Count Team
PASTORATE ORIOLE GAME
The Baltimore Orioles will host the children and youth of St. Ann, St. Wenceslaus, and St. Francis Xavier parishes at a game against the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards on Saturday, July 20th at 7:05 pm. The Orioles will provide 3 buses and all 3 buses will be at St. Wenceslaus at 5:30 pm on that evening and depart at 5:45pm. They will also provide participants with a hot dog, drink, bag of chips and Oriole gear to wear at the game. Please use the sign-up sheet in the back of church if you would like your child to attend. THE FORM MUST BE COMPLETELY FILLED OUT IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE!! The deadline for Sign-up is Sunday, July 7!
ROBERTA’S HOUSE CRAB FEAST
Roberta’s House will hold its 3rd Annual Crab Feast on Sunday, July 21 from 3pm – 8 pm at the Patapsco Arena, 3301 Annapolis Rd. 21230. There will be Door Prizes, 50/50 Raffle and other vendors to visit on site. Music will be provided by DJ Sneek. St. Ann’s has purchased a table and tickets are $70 per person. Please contact the church office (410-235-8169) if you would like to attend or you can visit www.RobertasHouse.org. Tickets are limited.
Within the Pastorate:
· The Annual Lucielle Fitzgerald Outreach Center Crab Feast to benefit St. Wenceslaus’ Food Pantry – Saturday, August 10th, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Tickets $60. Rosedale Gardens, 8037 Philadelphia Rd.
· Annual Parish Picnic on Saturday June 29th at O’Dwyer Retreat House in Sparks, MD from 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. SFX parish has extended an invitation to the parishioners of St. Ann and St. Wenceslaus Church to join them. For more information contact Ms. Wy Chambers – 410-961-6198.
Please also continue to pray for all of our sick and homebound, especially Msgr. Lloyd Aiken (Sacred Heart Glyndon), Cornelia Bailey, Florence Barber, Shrene Burnette (St. Wenceslaus), James Butts, Elaine Cousin, Elaine Edmonds, Gregory Epps, John Frederick, Pat Haley, Rita Hardy, Tom Lutz, Nelson Outlaw, Penny Palmer, Larry Sewell, Bernadette Wallace, Sharon Johnson-Stewart, Rita Watkins and ask that God grant them strength, comfort and healing.
Sun., June 9 Pentecost Sunday
11 am Mass, St. Ann
Youth Altar Server Training
9:30 am, in the Sanctuary
Thurs., June 13 Evening Mass, 7pm
Bible Study after Mass, Anchorage Chapel
Sat., June 15 Senior Luncheon
SFX Church Hall
Casino Trip-Delaware Park
3 pm – 11:30 pm
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
1st Reading Proverbs 8:22-31
2nd Reading Romans 5:1-5
Gospel John 16:12-15