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Sunday, May 19, 2013
Solemnity of Pentecost
Like a strong wind—or a quiet breath
The experience of the coming of the Holy Spirit is usually associated with the incident in Jerusalem where the apostles, seven weeks after Jesus’ Resurrection, gathered to celebrate the Jewish feast Shavuot (Pentecost). Yet John’s gospel says the risen Jesus breathed the Spirit into the disciples on the evening of the Resurrection. The Hebrew and Greek word (ruah and pneuma) can mean “spirit,” “breath,” or “wind,” inviting a range of images from the intimate breath of life Jesus gave the disciples, almost as one might revive a drowning person, to the tornado-like wind that rattled their house to its foundations. However we imagine the Spirit of God, it is alive, it is strong, it moves where it will, and it is irresistible.
Today’s readings: Acts 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Romans 8:8-17; John 20:19-23 or John 14:15-16, 23b-26 (63)
Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, and Making Church Matter
Drawing on the wisdom gleaned from thriving mega-churches and innovative business leaders while anchoring their vision in the Eucharistic center of Catholic faith, Fr. Michael White and lay associate Tom Corcoran present the compelling and inspiring story to how they brought their parish back to life.
Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, and Making Church Matter is a story of stopping everything and changing focus. When their parish reached a breaking point, White and Corcoran asked themselves how they could make the Church matter to Catholics, and they realized the answer was at the heart of the Gospel. Their faithful response not only tripled their weekend mass attendance, but also yielded increased giving, flourishing ministries, and a vibrant, solidly Catholic spiritual revival. White and Corcoran invite all Catholic leaders to share the vision, borrow their strategies, and rebuild their own parishes. They offer a wealth of guidance for anyone with the courage to hear them.
Features & Benefits
Based on the authors’ successful model, weekly Mass attendance has nearly tripled during their tenure, with attendant increases in giving and service
Written by experienced parish leaders for parish leaders in any stage
Practical, no-cost, easy-to-try suggestions for all parishes: rich/poor, large/small, urban/rural
Brutally honest portrait of consumer culture in Catholic parishes
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In the words of Pope Benedict XVI who says, "the Holy Spirit rebuilds the bridge of true communication between heaven and earth," we at St. Anthony Catholic Church are here to help each other cross that bridge. We are a missionary church, Catholic in nature, called to be missionaries to the world and one another.
The Second Vatican Council clearly states that people are the church. More so than any building, program, or even teaching, the church witnesses the presence of Christ to the world through its people. Saint Anthony Catholic Church is abundantly blessed in this regard.
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