This post uses excerpts sourced from Catholic Online.
Happy Birthday to the Catholic Church! Happy birthday to you, who are the body of the Church.
Because you are part of the body of Church, Pentecost is the Church’s Birthday, and yours as well. And like any Birthday, it’s a cause for celebration.
The word Pentecost is Greek and translates to “50th day”. Fifty days after Easter Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and their followers, and the beginning of their Earthly ministry to make disciples of all nations.
Pentecost is also a Jewish holiday which the Jews use to celebrate the end of Passover. Jews celebrate the gift of the law to Moses at Mt. Sinai on this day. But we, as Catholics, celebrate the birth of our Church.
At Pentecost, the Apostles and their followers gathered in a room. Jews from all over the world were gathered with Peter, the leader of the Apostles and the Eleven. At this time, a great wind blew and a flame appeared as a tongue of fire, which split itself into many individual flames above the heads of those present. The Holy Spirit came upon these people and each began to speak in tongues. Despite the fact many had no common language, they were perfectly able to understand one another.
Peter then called all those present to be baptized and about three thousand people were baptized that day.
These people were among the first Catholics, and Peter is the first Pope of the Catholic Church.
The symbols of Pentecost are the flame, wind, and the dove, which represents the Holy Spirit. The color is red and the priest wears red vestments on this day. Parishoners are also invited to wear red on this day. Red decorations as well as celebrations are appropriate, similar to any Birthday. Special prayers are often said just for Pentecost.
Please join us this blessed weekend in the Celebration of the Mass for Pentecost Sunday!
Our Lady of Good Counsel Church ~ 40th & Asbury Avenue
- Sunday: 7:45am, 9:15am & 10:30am
- Saturday: 4:00pm
St. Augustine Church – 13th & Wesley Avenue
- Sunday: 7:30am, 9:00am & 10:30am
- Saturday: 5:00pm
St. Frances Cabrini Church ~ 2nd & Atlantic Avenue
- Sunday: 8:00am, 9:30am & 11:00am
- Saturday: 4:30pm