Friday, May 1, 2020 at 11:29 PM
ALL PUBLIC MASSES WILL RESUME THE WEEKEND OF MAY 9TH AND 10TH. PLEASE SEE LINK BELOW FOR DIRECTIVES FOR RE-OPENING OUR PARISH.

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Welcome!

To the people of God and parishioners of
St. Thomas the Apostle Church and St. Patrick Mission

 

GRADUATION MASS

AND

RELIGIOUS   ED   DIPLOMAS   &

SCHOLARSHIPS

Sunday, June 14th @ 8:00 a.m. Mass

All Seniors from St. Thomas the Apostle and St. Patrick Mission are invited to attend this Mass and wear their cap and gown.

All those that can contribute to our Religious Education Fund, please do so.  Pursuant to the Religious Ed Bylaw (see website for Bylaw), the funds will be distributed and diplomas presented to qualified graduates.  

Please contact Michele Hoelscher at 361-244-2138 with RSVP’s and questions.

 

DIRECTIVES FOR RE-OPENING OUR PARISH 

 

Solemnity of Pentecost Sunday

Message from the desk of the Pastor:

Today we bring to a close this joyous fifty-day season that follows Easter Sunday.  We praise God, who having raised Jesus from the dead now sends the Holy Spirit to enliven our hearts and remain with us forever.  We seek to make the Spirit manifest in today’s world through our energy and creativity, our attitudes and actions.

Message from the Readings:

Comprehension of speech is pretty much dependent on two people:  the speaker and the listener.  Even if the two speak a common language, the listener may have difficulty understanding if the speaker has a heavy accent.  This dynamic comes into play in Luke’s account of Pentecost.  Filled with the Holy Spirit, the disciples were able to speak in different tongues.  This attracted people from over a dozen regions, each one able to hear them “speaking in (their) own tongues of the mighty acts of God” (Acts 2:11).  In order to comprehend what they were hearing, they must have overcome the difficulty of understanding someone speaking their own language with a foreign accent.  After all, even with the disciples inside a house, the crowd recognized their voices as Galilean, which we know was a distinctive accent because it had given Peter away when he denied knowing Jesus.  Yet they were still able to comprehend the meaning of their words.  Saint Paul’s letter to the Corinthians lists some examples of the different gifts the Holy Spirit brings, including both “varieties of tongues” and “interpretation of tongues” (1 Corinthians 12:10).   Speaker and listener are each blessed by the Spirit.  May the Holy Spirit bring us insight and comprehension as we listen to the word of God.

How does the Holy Spirit help you to hear, understand, and express God’s word?

Liturgy of the Word: 

Acts 2:1-11     As on Sinai, the Lord descends in fire and wind.

Psalm 104     “Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.”

1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13     The Spirit calls the baptized to ministry for the common good.

John 20:19-23    On the first day of the week, the risen Christ imparts the Holy Spirit.

Luke (in Acts) and John (in his Gospel) narrate different accounts of the Holy Spirit coming to the disciples.  Though the narratives differ, in each the disciples were transformed by the experience.  As we listen to scripture today, let us open our hearts to be transformed by the Spirit and pray that the Church and the world may be transformed by the myriad of gifts the Holy Spirit imparts, which sanctify our lives and renew the face of the earth.

Homily:

We hear two accounts of the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles today and they are markedly different.  In one, the Holy Spirit comes only after Jesus had ascended to the Father, but in the other, Jesus is still present.  In the first, the Holy Spirit arrives as tongues of fire with the noise of a strong driving wind.  In the second, the Holy Spirit comes with a gentle breath and no visible manifestation.  In Acts, The apostles speak at once in foreign languages.  In John, the apostles fall silent.  The coming of the Holy Spirit may be more like a process than an event.  At times, the Holy Spirit comes upon someone powerfully with visible consequences; at other times, the Spirit comes gently and quietly.  The same Spirit produces different workings in different people and at different times.

In the Pentecost Sequence, we implore the Holy Spirit to “Bend the stubborn heart and will.”  Easier said than done!  Our feelings are usually quite ingrained in us, as is our behavior.  It is easier to change one’s mind than to change one’s heart, let alone one’s habits.  Those opinions that we cling to most intensely tend to be ones formed in the heart, not the brain.  That explains how reasonable arguments often fail against ingrained opinion.  Yet we ask the Spirit today to overcome our stubbornness.  Approximately three months ago, on Ash Wednesday, we heard the prophet Joel tell us to rend our hearts and return to the LORD.  May the Holy Spirit bend and rend our stubborn hearts whenever they lead us astray!

Before Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit upon the apostles he offered them one other thing:  peace.  “Peace be with you,” he said twice, the second time after they realized that it was the Lord in their midst.  In the next sentence, he commissioned them to go out into the world as his Father had sent him into the world: to bring peace throughout the world.  The Holy Spirit enables them to do so.  And us.  We too have received the Holy Spirit.  May we bring peace wherever we go – into anxious hearts, difficult relationships, stubborn conflicts.

Questions of the Week:

Do I rely on the Holy Spirit for guidance?  When I search my heart, what stubbornness do I find that could use honest examination?

Prayers of the Faithful:

Emboldened by the Spirit, we cry out to God with our needs and the needs of the many around the world, and ask God to hear us and renew the face of the earth.

That Church leaders, filled with the Holy Spirit, may bring justice to the oppressed, food to the hungry, plenty to the poor, and compassion to the suffering, let us pray to the Lord.

For elected officials, that they may act in accordance with God’s will in their commitment to justice and mercy, especially for those on the margins of society, let us pray to the Lord.

That we may continue to break down walls between members of the human race, particularly divisions of race, ethnicity, language, or heritage, let us pray to the Lord.

For all of us, that we may use the spiritual gifts we have been given by the Holy Spirit for the benefit of all, let us pray to the Lord.

For students who are graduating this year, that they may take pride in their success and look forward to using their knowledge and talents in the next chapter of their lives, let us pray to the Lord.

For all those in our parish who were initiated into the Church or will be soon, received the Eucharist for the first time, and celebrated the Sacrament Confirmation, during this Easter season, that they may learn to recognize the Spirit’s movement and presence in their lives, let us pray to the Lord, let us pray to the Lord.

For all that prayers that we hold in the silence of our hearts; for all our intentions spoken and unspoken, let us pray to the Lord.

Act of Spiritual Communion:

My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament.  I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul.  Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.  As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You.  Amen

REMINDERS:

You can visit the Diocese of Corpus Christi website www.diocesecc.org for  more information including live streaming that is and/or will be available.  This is a reminder that the daily scripture readings and reflections are on our home page ... see links below.   You can also visit the Facebook page for the Diocese of Corpus Christi for more information and/or visit http://goccn.org and click on live video for live-streaming of daily and/or Sunday Masses or you can tune in to KEDF-TV at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. 

You are all in my daily prayers and are remembered in the Mass that I celebrate each day.  I continue to pray that each of you receive many blessings from God. 

From the desk of Fr. Philip.

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS FOR ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE AND ST. PATRICK

Baptisms - you will need to contact the church office to schedule. 

General Confessions will resume on May 2, 2020 by appointment.  The confessionals cannot be used.  Contact church office to make an appointment.  Special accommodations will be made to allow for proper social distancing. 

Adoration on Wednesday evenings and prior to 8:00 a.m. Mass will resume.

 

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St. Patrick Mission:
Saturday Vigil @ 4:00 p.m.

St. Thomas the Apostle:
Saturday Vigil @ 5:30 p.m.
Sunday Masses @ 8:00 a.m. &                                           11:00 a.m.

WEEKDAY MASSES @ ST THOMAS
MONDAY - No Mass
TUESDAY: @ 12:05 noon
WEDNESDAY @ 12:05 noon
THURSDAY @ 12:05 noon                            (Holy Rosary 11:40 a.m.)
FRIDAY @ 12:05 noon                                 
(Divine Mercy 11:45 a.m.)

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