On Sunday, May 19, our parish is participating in Catholic Charities Sunday. Catholic Charities is our Church’s outreach to the most vulnerable families in our community. Through your contribution to Catholic Charities, we will be able to provide services to over 26,000 vulnerable people this year.
Your help is needed more than ever. One hundred percent of your contribution stays in this community. On behalf of the thousands of individuals and families served by Catholic Charities, thank you for providing
“Help for Today and Hope for Tomorrow”.
We are therefore called to desire and welcome the gift of the Holy Spirit
We are called to desire and welcome the gift of the Holy Spirit because our lives, even before we say a word, become a comprehensible testimony in the eyes of the many brothers who have not yet experienced the joy of being a Christian. Renewed by Pentecost, they could also be 'astounded and amazed' and could say, 'we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God' (Acts 2: 7,11)
VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - In the fiftieth day after Easter, the Apostles found themselves 'all in one room' in the Cenacle (Cfr. Acts 2:1) for the Jewish fest of Pentecost, which is the anniversary of the donation of God's Law, the Torah, to Moses on Mount Sinai.
None of them could possibly have foretold that, exactly on this day, the Lord would have fulfilled the promise that Jesus made many times regarding the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit. (cfr. Jn 14:16)
We are also called to remember that, along with the prodigious signs that occurred in that upper room, 'there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven' who could hear them each speaking in his own language, 'of the mighty acts of God.' (Acts 2:5,11)
The Holy Spirit is essentially a great new gift, a new Law, that God made first and foremost to those that had persevered until the end. The Holy Spirit is a gift of grace that isn't destined for a singular ethnic group, but is like the air, it must be communicated to all men on the earth because if 'you take away their breath, they die.' (Cfr. Ps 103:29)
The meaning of the Lord's urgent appeal to each of us becomes clearer after this fiftieth day, 'Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.' (Jn 20:21)
We can clearly understand how it is necessary to 'receive the Holy Spirit' (Jn 20:21) in order to realise this mandate. To use the analogy of water which makes the earth fertile, the Holy Spirit makes the lives of Jesus' disciples fertile, specifically strengthening them to fulfil their mission as 'the particular way in which the Spirit is given to each person is for a good purpose' (1 Cor 12:7)
The adjective 'particular' brings us back to the beginning of today's reflection. What does it mean for us today 'to speak in different languages' and what does the new Law that God has given to His nascent Church consist of? The Liturgy, that great educative channel and treasure of grace in the hands of the Church, clarifies these questions.
The new Law that, on this Sunday, was consigned to us is God's life that is love: a love that doesn't have barriers, not even death, after it was defeated on the Cross. 'He showed them his hands and his side.' (Jn 20:20) It is a gift that takes us directly into the heart of God and that can only give us the necessary strength so that our hearts 'light up with the fire of His love' (Cfr Acclamation to the Gospel).
We are therefore called to desire and welcome the gift of the Holy Spirit because our lives, even before we say a word, become a comprehensible testimony in the eyes of the many brothers who have not yet experienced the joy of being a Christian. Renewed by Pentecost, they could also be 'astounded and amazed' and could say, 'we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God' (Acts 2: 7,11)
Courtesy of Congregation for the Clergy
Please Join Us!
Our mentor and friend Gerard Scheuermann is retiring! Please join us in the cafeteria on Sunday, May 26th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. to thank Gerard for his selfless, loving service to our faith community. Snacks will be served. For more information please call Susan Morrisette at 825-0371.
A Biblical Walk Through the Mass is part of The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study Series. This adult faith formation program provides a unique tour of the timeless Liturgy. It explores the biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience in Mass and explains their profound significance.
A 5-week adult Bible study begins Tuesday, May 7th, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. If you’ve ever wondered why we say what we say and do what we do during the Liturgy, this is the study for you! You will go deepinto the Scriptural roots of the Mass, and see the beauty and riches unfold before your eyes like never before. This study is based on the new translation of the Mass. Call Gerard, 823-4513, to sign up.
The evening session is starting at 7pm on Wednesday, May 15th.
|Bishop's Ministry Appeal|
|"Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD your God has blessed you." - Deuteronomy 16:17|
|Our Parish Goal is $135,000|
|We are currently at 104% of our goal. (as of May 17)|
I’m pleased to report that we have exceeded our parish goal for the 2013 Bishop’s Ministry Appeal. We are now at 104% of our goal of ($135,000). I want to express my gratitude to all who have given to support the ministries of our Diocese that directly benefit St. Anthony’s and our neighboring parishes. Please understand that every dollar given over goal goes to renovate the Adoration Chapel and other building and maintenance needs in our parish. (The Adoration Chapel is our top priority.) If you would like to make a gift to the 2013 Bishop’s Ministry Appeal, please make out your check to the BMA and put it in a envelope. You may put it in the collection basket or mail it to the Diocese of Stockton. Please be sure to indicate that you are a parishioner of St. Anthony’s, Manteca.
Faithfully, Fr. Pat Walker
505 E North St.
Manteca, Ca 95336
We are an active faith community of 4,000 families. As a community, we give ourselves to Christ as He gives Himself to us in the Eucharist, so every person might be a full, active, and conscious participant in His Church, empowered to share and live the Gospel.
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