19 May 2024

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Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11  Wind, fire, speech, and courage are the gifts the Spirit bestows on those who pray.

Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34  Without the breath of God, the living will surely perish.

1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Galatians 5:16-25  The works of the flesh are clearly distinct from the fruits of life in the Spirit.

John 20:19-23 or John 15:26-27; 16:12-15  The Spirit of truth guides us to truth and not to error.

More resources for the month available in Seasonal notes.

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Homilist’s overview of May

Liturgical themes and feasts

The month of May has two secular dedications, both important at this time. Since 1949, May has been designated to highlight Mental Health Awareness. As one in five U.S. adults experience mental illness annually and less than half receive treatment, it's worth raising consciousness in the parish.

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The inner word

What’s in your heart?

We hear different “giving of the Spirit” stories today: the spectacular events in the “upper room” and the risen Jesus’ breathing the Spirit on the disciples when he first appeared to them.

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Featured Exploring the word

What if I’m wrong?

If the riveting movie Doubt taught us nothing else, it’s that there’s always room for being dead wrong. We don’t like to entertain that notion even in the privacy of our midnight thoughts.

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Homily stories

We’ve got Spirit, yes we do…

As a youth minister, I taught teens about that oft-overlooked third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. How else to prep them for the sacrament of Confirmation, after all?

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Homily stories

Filled with Spirit

Catch the spirit! Celebrate the spirit! We’ve got spirit! Schools, businesses, yes, even churches set aside time to fire up people so that they will perform better, respond faster, show more excitement about what they are doing.

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Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

Come, Holy Spirit, and give us strength as we acknowledge our sins, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.

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On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended with power upon the Apostles; thus began the mission of the Church in the world.

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Browse the library

Browse our library for additional Solemnity of Pentecost, Cycle B material.

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Take Five weekly

19 May 2024

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