ON THIS SOLEMNITY OF PENTECOST we should remind ourselves of the importance of this single event in human and salvation history.  Today’s Solemnity represents the culmination of God’s creative work in His disciples – men and women of all ages, in all times and seasons. All of today’s scripture readings refer to the Holy Spirit of God, which comes visibly down on each of the apostles in a locked room in Jerusalem. In the Acts of the Apostles the coming of the Spirit is like thunder and fire, and its immediate effect is to make the apostles preaching of God’s great works intelligible in all human languages, tongues and dialects.  The Gospel of John describes another way the Holy Spirit is given to the apostles – the risen Jesus breathing on the apostles to impart the Holy Spirit. The power of the Spirit not only authorizes, but empowers the apostles to forgive and to retain sins (in case you might wonder the scripture reference for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and the ability of Catholic priests, through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, to forgive sins). Jesus formally sends out to the world His apostles, as He had been sent to the world by God the Father.  St. Paul reminds the Corinthian Christians (and us for that matter) that the different gifts of the Holy Spirit are given for a purpose – a service to be offered for the good of all. They are not ends in themselves. Christians are called to establish a unity that brings together in Jesus Christ all peoples, religions and states of life. He reminds all that this knowledge of God is a grace of enlightenment.  The Psalmist (Psalm 104) reminds us that this Holy Spirit, this breath of God that we as Christians have received, is the same Spirit that sustains the constant renewal of all created things.  Folks, the gift of the Holy Spirit should move and inspire each of us to want to see deeper into the reality of other people’s lives, to go beyond superficial daily contact to our neighbor’s real needs, and to show them the way to Christ as their truth and their life.  We are enlightened by the wisdom, teachings and love of Christ.  Armed with this divine wisdom, knowledge and love, through the power of the Holy Spirit we have the capacity to be heralds of the Gospel – to be “doers of the word and not hearers only” (James 1:22).  On this Pentecost Sunday, the Church was born.  The Holy Spirit united different people into the one Body of Christ, and empowered them as disciples of Christ to go forth into the world and share in Christ’s saving mission.  We, the members of the Body of Christ, benefit from our God-given gifts, abilities, and talents – varied as the grains of sand on a beach, but united in one common Catholic faith.  May we allow the Holy Spirit to flow through each of our lives so that we will all do our part to share in Christ’s saving mission, to be bearers of His Truth, His Way, His Life, and in doing so building up the Body of Christ and His Kingdom here on earth.

WE WENT OVER THE TOP ON THE BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL!  Now that we have made our diocesan goal, we can now we focus on our enhanced parish goal. Remember, every penny contributed from this point forward to the BAA comes back to our parish 100 percent in the form of rebates! These rebates will be used this year to replace the 1980s-era interior lighting system at the Cathedral which is failing, the manufacturer has gone out of business, and replacement parts are unavailable. An updated BAA report is included in this bulletin. Thank you to all who have contributed thus far!  As a parish community, let’s all participate by making a pledge!  Remember, every pledge counts!

ON MAY 29 I WAS INFORMED THAT I HAVE COLON CANCER, following several tests, along with a colonoscopy and CT scan, which showed a rather large tumor that needs to be surgically removed.  I visited with my surgeon this past week at OSU; surgery is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, June 17.  It is not yet known if I will need any follow-up treatment such as chemotherapy – pathology tests following surgery will determine that.  The good news is that the doctors think they detected this early, and all indications are that the cancer has not spread to any other part of the body.  Following surgery I will be away from my duties at the Cathedral and the Chancery recuperating for several weeks, but you will be kept apprised of my situation.  Please keep me in your prayers during this time.  Incidentally, I truly appreciate the cards, phone calls, and prayers that I have received thus far – it means a lot to know that I have the prayers and support of so many people.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS!

Fr. Mike Lumpe