How is the Holy Spirit relevant today?
Just before ascending into Heaven, Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come in His fullness. The Apostles did not want the Lord to leave them but Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth; it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.” (John 16:7). Ten days later, Jesus kept His promise! On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came down like fire from Heaven upon the Apostles and other disciples gathered with Mary (Acts 2:14).
What does the coming of the Holy Spirit mean for us today?
On Pentecost, we see the signs of a mighty wind that filled the Upper Room and tongues as of fire that rested on the Apostles together with the women and Mary and the disciples, as they were filled with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:14). As Jesus had commanded the Apostles to go forth and make disciples of all nations, they were now “clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49), the needed power and presence of the Holy Spirit, strengthening them to overcome the fear that had seized them to the point of running away during Jesus’ passion and crucifixion. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, the Apostles went forth to teach, preach and baptize. The other disciples likewise went forth to bear witness to Jesus as the Son of God and our Savior.
We see that on Pentecost, the Catholic Church was publicly manifested. This work of the early Church, described in the Acts of the Apostles, clearly portrays people such as Peter and Paul being strengthened and guided by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has remained with the Church ever since and will stay with her until the end of time.
The Solemnity of Pentecost is more than the celebration of an event. Above all, it is the celebration of a Person, the Person of the Holy Spirit. This Divine Person is the bond of love between the Father and the Son. A relationship with the Holy Spirit is necessary for all believers, and we develop it through quiet times of daily prayer, listening for His inner promptings and guidance.
We receive the Holy Spirit through the Sacraments, and thereby we receive the total gift of God’s Personified Love. In Baptism there is a special outpouring of the Spirit as He dwells in our hearts and we become temples of the Holy Spirit. We also receive the gifts of faith, hope, and charity, along with the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. In the Sacrament of Confirmation these gifts are increased and we are given a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the Faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess His name boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross. It is important that we know and understand how to use these supernatural gifts that come from God. We must all pray to grow stronger in each of these gifts, and to tap into them often.
The following prayer asks Jesus for an increase of each of these gifts:
O Lord Jesus Christ, who, before ascending into Heaven, did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish your work in the souls of your apostles and disciples, please grant the same Holy Spirit to perfect in my soul the work of your grace and your love. Strengthen in me the supernatural Gift of Faith; that I may truly believe in God and make my response by developing a relationship with Him.
The Gift of Hope; that I may trust in God through difficult circumstances and know that He loves me infinitely. The Gift of Charity; that I may receive God’s love and give God’s love. The Gift of Knowledge; that I may understand that there is a space reserved within me solely for the Holy Spirit. No thing or person can fill this space. God created me for Himself alone. The Gift of Piety; that I know and love God as a son or daughter truly would. As members of the Family of God, we are brothers and sisters in Christ and therefore we must treat each other with deep respect. The Gift of Fortitude; that I may have the courage and strength to overcome the obstacles that would harm my relationship with Jesus. The Gift of Understanding; that I may realize that sin separates me from my friendship with Jesus. My heart is led to respond by repenting of my sin and receiving forgiveness in the Sacrament of Confession. The Gift of Wisdom; that I may be inspired to worship God and to love Him as my Heavenly Father: His love leads me to want to know and do what is right and good. The Gift of Fear of the Lord; that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may avoid anything that may displease Him. The Gift of Right Counsel; that I may be able to make correct decisions about God’s will for my life.
Mark us dear Lord, with the sign of your true disciples, and animate us in all things with your Holy Spirit. Amen.
From the Diocese of La Crosse Office of Catechesis
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Holy Family Construction Update:
May 10, 2015:
We would like to give everyone an update on the progress of the building projects as we enter the summer season.
St. John’s: I would estimate the project is well over half completed. The roof is mostly completed; the ceiling insulation is up as is the ceiling sheet rock. The kitchen has been laid out and we are working on getting the electrical cable and HVAC equipment run. With this in mind, we would like to propose a work day for Saturday May 16 to work on the side wall insulation and drywall. This date may change, but it is our current goal to make it happen; we will confirm with announcements at Mass. If you are free for some or all of the day, please make plans to come by and give a hand. There will be plenty of work to do, so whether you are young or old, or whatever talents you might have, please stop by for a work day that we hope will also be a day of ownership for your parish hall.
St. Gabriel’s: We have ordered the steel building, and now are in the process of getting final engineering approvals for the foundations. Once we get these approved we will be able to begin digging our footings, the flat work and other preliminary structures that will need to be finished before the building goes up. Much of the basic site work has been finished, including new water lines, sewer lines and electrical service.
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FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE
Thank you for your interest in Prairie Catholic Schools. St. Gabriel’s campus is our elementary school, and encompasses grades Pre-K though 4th, and St. John’s campus is our middle school which entails grades 5th through 8th. Additionally, on-site daycare is available at the St. Gabriel’s campus.
We know that choosing the right education for your child is one of the most important decisions you face. The entire staff at Prairie Catholic appreciates the fact that you are willing to consider our school, and wish you to know that this is greatly appreciated. The education of our youth is an honor and a great responsibility that we do not take lightly.
A Catholic school offers a unique environment with very special opportunities for its students to grow spiritually. Prairie Catholic is no different. Our setting allows educators to share their faith and values while educating their students, your children. We are committed to helping children grow in faith and love and to display respect and fellowship. Prairie Catholic does not discriminate based on faith and includes many non-Catholic families. These families appreciate our caring, student-centered environment that teaches children to follow Christ’s command to love one another and treat others with respect.
Prairie Catholic provides a strong academic curriculum and a safe learning environment for students to reach their greatest potential. We support each child by recognizing his or her own talents and instilling an appreciation for the gifts of others. This atmosphere fosters a mutual respect for one another.
We encourage, and are committed to, a cooperative partnership between family and school. We seek to work with you as parents, in helping your child become the best they can be. We believe in the mutual relationship of school supporting family and family supporting school.
At Prairie Catholic, we are positive people – learning, loving and living our faith. We aspire to create a place where your child is safe, happy and knows they are special.
We would love to discuss further the opportunities we can offer your child. Please call us for a personal tour at:
(608) 326-8624 (St. Gabriel’s)
(608) 326-4400 (St. John’s)
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