Posted on May 26, 2017

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

7th Sunday in Easter
June 1, 2017 RCIA Session


Acts 1:1-11
Psalm 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
Ephesians 1:17-23
Matthew 28:16-20

 "The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.  When they saw him, they worshipped, but they doubted.  Then Jesus approached them and said to them, 'All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.'"  Mt. 28:16-20


 SCHEDULE:  Newcomers Welcome every week!

  • June 1 -- Special Session for RCIA Confirmation Candidates and their Sponsors plus RCIA Adults, 7:00-8:30 pm in the respective rooms, followed by prayer in Church from 8:30 to 9:00 pm.
  • All English-speaking PARENTS and ADULT RCIA CANDIDATES/INQUIRERS and CONFIRMATION SPONSORS will meet as always, in Holy Family Room, 7:00-8:30 pm, followed by prayer in Church to 9:00 pm. 
  • All RCIA TEENS in Junior High and High School will meet in St. Augustine from 7:00-8:30 pm and close with final prayer in the Church, 8:30'9:00 pm.
  • All Spanish-speaking PARENTS and ADULT RCIA CANDIDATES/INQUIRERS will meet in the Cafeteria from 7:00-8:30 pm, followed by prayer in Church to 9:00 pm.
  • RCIA Sessions will be from 7:00/9:00 pm, every Thursday in June, June 8-June 29: Newcomers welcome!!  Go to the Holy Family Room at St. Monica


PRACTICE THE FAITH: Preparing Our Hearts for the Coming of the Spirit


REFLECTION:  An Entirely New Kind of Life!

"It can easily be shown from examples both in the Old Testament and the New that the Spirit changes those in whom he comes to dwell; he so transforms them that they begin to live a completely new kind of life.   …the Spirit changes those in whom he comes to dwell and alters the whole pattern of their lives?  With the Spirit within them it is quite natural for people who had been absorbed by the things of this world to become entirely other-worldly in outlook, and for cowards to become men of great courage.  There can be no doubt that this is what happened to the disciples.  The strength they received from the Spirit enabled them to hold firmly to the love of Christ, facing the violence of their persecutors unafraid.  Very true, then, was our Savior’s saying that it was to their advantage for him to return to heaven:  his return was the time appointed for the descent of the Holy Spirit."

-a commentary on the Gospel of John by St. Cyril of Alexandria, from the Office of Readings, Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter 

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