Newsletter – Pentecost Sunday —28th May 2023

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“Come, Holy Spirit. Fill the hearts of Your faithful and kindle is us the fire of Your Love. Send forth Your Spirit and we shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. Oh, God, who by the Light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation, through Christ our Lord. Amen”

Our First Reading is the account of the day of Pentecost in the Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11: The Holy Spirit descends upon the apostles gathered in Jerusalem. The Responsorial Psalm is from Psalm 104: God’s Spirit renews the earth. The week’s Second Reading is taken from 1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13: We are all one in Christ Jesus. For the solemnity of Pentecost this year our Gospel Reading is John 20:19-23: Jesus appears to his disciples and gives them the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Sequence for the Solemnity of Pentecost

Come, Holy Spirit, come! And from your celestial home Shed a ray of light divine!
Come, Father of the poor! Come, source of all our store! Come, within our bosoms shine.
You, of comforters the best; You, the soul’s most welcome guest;
Sweet refreshment here below;
In our labour, rest most sweet; Grateful coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.
O most blessed Light divine, Shine within these hearts of yours,
And our inmost being fill!
Where you are not, we have naught, Nothing good in deed or thought,
Nothing free from taint of ill.
Heal our wounds, our strength renew; On our dryness pour your dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away:
Bend the stubborn heart and will; Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.
On the faithful, who adore and confess you, evermore
In your sevenfold gift descend;
Give them virtue’s sure reward; Give them your salvation, Lord;
Give them joys that never end. Amen. Alleluia!

Please remember in your prayers all those making their Confirmation this weekend.

This time of prayer and devotion is designed to prepare our hearts to celebrate this great feast and to get to know better this amazing saint. Each night will be devoted to one of the virtues of St Anthony.

The Novena starts Day 1: Sunday June 4th—St Anthony – Liberator of Prisoners.
7.00pm – Blessing of the St Antony Flag and Statue
7.30pm Novena (just before evening mass)
Please pick up a flyer at back of church with full details

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