2019 ECSJ: Inspired by The Holy Spirit above the Altar at St. Thomas Aquinas on Pentecost!

Feeling inspired by The Holy Spirit at St. Thomas Aquinas Church
The Holy Spirit above the altar at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Binghamton, New York!

The Holy Spirit above the altar at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Binghamton, New York!

Beautiful mass, homily, & Chicken BBQ! Not sure which was better, the chicken BBQ or Father Evan’s homily? Being Pentecost Sunday we sang Happy Birthday to ourselves, the Church! Seriously good homily message about the gift of The Holy Spirit, that we are not left orphans… which led beautifully into the sold out Chucken BBQ, a fundraiser for the orphanage of 110 children in Father Evan’s home village in Kenya. Seriously good Chicken BBQ, best ever, & definitely the most organized! Beautiful spiritual & culinary experience! (Andy Reistetter; 6/14/19; Facebook Post with 30 Pics).

Acts 2:1-4: The Coming of the Spirit. When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with The Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

Acts 2:14-21: Peter’s Speech at Pentecost. 14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed to them, “You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem. Let this be known to you, and listen to my words. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

17 ‘It will come to pass in the last days,’ God says,
    ‘that I will pour out a portion of my spirit
    upon all flesh.
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
    your young men shall see visions,
    your old men shall dream dreams.
18 Indeed, upon my servants and my handmaids
    I will pour out a portion of my spirit in those days,
        and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will work wonders in the heavens above
    and signs on the earth below:
        blood, fire, and a cloud of smoke.
20 The sun shall be turned to darkness,
    and the moon to blood,
        before the coming of the great and splendid day of the Lord,
21 and it shall be that everyone shall be saved who calls on the name of the Lord.’

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