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The Seventh Sunday of Easter - Today is the final Sunday of the Easter Season and the transition to the Feast of Pentecost.  Jesus' prayer to his Father in today's Gospel touches our lives directly and reveals the stirring of the Holy Spirit.  When Jesus prayed to his Father, he was not just praying for his disciples present at the Last Supper but for people of all ages.  He prayed that we may be one as he is one with the Father and the Holy Spirit.  The unity of his followers gives witness to the world that the Jesus in whom we believe was indeed sent by the Father and is truly the Son of God and Savior of the world!

Pentecost Plans:  We will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost on June 7/8,  It falls fifty days after Easter Sunday and marks the transition from Easter to the Spirit-filled celebrations of our faith.  The descent of the Holy Spirit in fire and wind on the Apostles that gathered in the upper room is considered the birthday of the church.  As we plan the Pentecost Liturgies, we invite you to participate in a number of ways.
  1. Pentecost is a feast of fire and wind:  we invite you to wear colors of fire - reds, oranges and yellows to Mass on Pentecost Sunday.   
  2. We are looking for volunteers to read a few lines of the first reading that day (Acts 2:1-4) in their native language (Polish, Spanish, Italian, Tagalog, Hindu, French etc.)  We have scripts.  Speak with one of the parish staff or contact the Parish office (office@saintpius.org) to sign up for for more information
Capuchin Chapter -Thank you for your prayers as we celebrated our triennial Provincial Chapter in West Hartford a week ago.  100 friars and guests from all over the world gathered to reflect on our life and our ministries in a wonderful fraternal atmosphere at Holy Family Retreat Center.  Fr. Michael Greco was elected Provincial Minister, Fr. Robert Abbatiello, Vicar Provincial, (yes, our Fr. Bob!) and Fr. Salvatore Cordaro, Br. James Peterson and Br. Lake Herman were elected as Provincial Councilors.  In addition, next weekend Br. Scott Surrency and Br. Will Terraza are to be ordained to the priesthood at Sacred Heart Church in Yonkers, NY.  Please keep them in your prayers as they begin their ordained service to the Church

Happy Easter Season!

Fr. JohnFr. John