Today we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, called by some the birthday of the Church. Last Thursday we celebrated the day when Christ ascended into heaven, leaving his small band of followers to carry out the work he had commissioned them to do. But before he left his followers, Jesus assured them that he was not simply leaving them on their own. Rather his community would be guided throughout history by a special wind - a wind known as the Holy Spirit. At the Last Supper Jesus had said to his apostles: "I will ask the Father and he will give you another helper who will stay with you forever, the Spirit who reveals the truth about God." That promise has been fulfilled on this day in history, on Pentecost, the fiftieth day after Christ's resurrection from the dead. Now all believers will have access to the Father through Christ in the one Spirit.
What a wonderful day this Day of Pentecost is for St. Anthony Parish. It’s truly a day of new beginnings. While I, Father Mulvehill write these words on Wednesday, three days before retirement, Father Michael Medas will be preparing to celebrate his first Mass as Pastor of St. Anthony Parish on Sunday, June 9th at 11:30 AM. I can't find sufficient words to thank all who planned, organized and attended my farewell reception. The committee who worked so hard for so long did a marvelous job, and I want to thank also all who gave gifts to me. You will always be in my prayers.
The Pentecost Sunday will also introduce to you Father Michael Bova Conti who will assume the administrative duties of the parish until September lst when Father Medas will arrive full time. God has blessed our Parish with these two wonderful and energetic priests, and while I assure you of my continuing and grateful prayers I know that God will bless you for all that you have done for me, for the Parish, and most of all for God. As I said at the Mass on Sunday, all I ask of you is forever to remember me as loving you and may God bless you all.
Fr John R. Mulvehill