Easter is more than just one day!
Remember Easter is a season rather than just a day. It is a period of fifty days that begins on Easter Day (April 12) and ends on Pentecost (May 31). This season starts on Easter Sunday when we celebrate Jesus' resurrection (rising) from the dead. Forty days later Jesus, in the presence of His disciples, ascended bodily into Heaven so we celebrate the Ascension. Ten days later, the Holy Spirit descends on Jesus' disciples, and we celebrate this event on Pentecost. Bishop McElroy invites us to a Pentecost Mass for all cultures that will be video-streamed on Sunday May 31 starting at 6 am
Let us pray together - Come Holy Spirit!
As the story is told, the first novena (nine days of prayer and meditation usually to ask God for special petitions) took place between the Ascension and Pentecost, as the disciples (both men and women) huddled in prayer with Mary in the upper room waiting for the Holy Spirit of God to come upon them.
Join with others in the St. B's community by praying a novena to the Holy Spirit for an end to this COVID-19 pandemic. Some novena options include a self-guided novena with Scripture, novena by musician Dan Schutte, or a guided novena with email reminders. As Deacon Chris reminds us, let us each pray in our own words, with confidence that the Spirit has bold plans for us and this community. May we be open to receive the strong winds and life-giving fire God has in store for us, and may we allow the Spirit to renew the face of the Earth. Watch Gayle's video on celebrating Pentecost below and her video on Ascension and Novenas.