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Roman Catholic Church of St. Thomas of Canterbury, Fulham
in the Archdiocese of Westminster.
For this Sunday 24th May, 2015
Letter from Fr. Dennis to the Community:
My Dear Friends,
Today we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, one of the most ancient feasts of the Church’s year. So important in fact that it is mentioned both in the Acts of the Apostles and in St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians.
In the Acts of the Apostles St Luke tells us the story of how the Apostles and our Lady were gathered in the Upper Room – for fear of the Jews; gathered where they felt safe, gathered in the place where they had seen the risen Lord:
“When suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech.”
In the power of that Spirit the Apostles began to preach the Gospel, and about 3,000 people were baptised, and that is why Pentecost is often called “the birthday of the Church.” But what has all this to do with us? Well, the feast of Pentecost reminds us that each of us has been given that same Spirit, and we too must go out and do the job which Christ is calling us to: to preach the gospel and to make disciples of all the nations!
How often Pope Francis echoes this message, telling us not to be shut in on ourselves, but to go out and meet others. When we are gathered together, the Holy Spirit gives us all we need. The same Spirit sends us out to bring all we have received to our needy world.
Fr. Dennis Touw
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