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 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

 

MASS TIMES

WEEKDAY MASS:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:00 am
Wednesday: 8:15 am and 12:15 pm
Saturday: 8:15 am
 

SUNDAY MASS:

Saturday: 5:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm,
5:00 pm (Misa en Español)
 

CONFESSION:

Saturdays: 3:30 pm-4:30 pm
 

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION and BENEDICTION:

Fridays: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Chapel
 

DAY-LONG ADORATION

First Friday of each month
from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
 

CONTACT US:

(707) 447-2354 | FAX: (707) 447-9322
1791 Marshall Road,
Vacaville, CA 95687
  

OFFICE HOURS:

Monday – Friday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
 
 
 

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“Reflection”
The apostles had to wait until the first Pentecost to receive the Holy Spirit. But we were blessed with the Holy Spirit when we were baptized. The Holy Spirit is within each one of us. Moreover, together we are united in the Spirit, who moves among us, here in this building as well as around the whole world. As we celebrate Pentecost, let us be aware of the movement of the Spirit in our lives.

“What the Holy Spirit does

There are two images of the Holy Spirit in this morning’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles. It says that all who gathered in one room heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven and goes on to say that something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire. Just as the evangelists do not say that there was an actual dove at the baptism of Jesus, Luke does not say that there was an actual wind and fire at Pentecost. The Holy Spirit does not lend her/himself to concrete representation, because Spirit cannot be seen as such. Yet the Holy Spirit is profoundly real.

Rather than try to describe what the Holy Spirit looks like, the Bible says great things about what the Spirit does, how it impacts on life. Paul uses an image drawn from nature, speaking about the fruits of the Spirit . He is talking about the visible flowering of the Spirit in a person’s life. We may not be able to see the Holy Spirit, but we can see the Spirit’s impact on our outlook and behavior, just as we cannot see the wind but can see the its impact on the world about us. Wherever we find love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control, the Spirit is there at work, made visible in and through these qualities and virtues. The person who most of all had those qualities was Jesus because he was full of the Holy Spirit, full of the life of God. That divine life and love was poured out at Pentecost, initially on the first disciples but through them on all who are open to receive this powerful and wonderful gift. Paul expresses it simply in his letter to the Romans, ‘God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.’ It is that Spirit of God’s love we have received who bears the rich fruit in our lives that Paul speaks about in today’s 2nd Reading. The Spirit is constantly at work in our lives, making us more like Jesus. The ordinary, day to day expressions of goodness and kindness, of faithfulness and self-control, of patience and gentleness, are all manifestations of the Spirit that has been given to us by God. We can recognize the Spirit’s presence in the common happenings of everyday life. The spiritual is not something other-worldly; it is humanity at its best.

We have an example of humanity at its best in today’s first reading. On that first Pentecost, there was a wonderful communion between people from all over the Roman Empire. They were united in hearing in their own native language the preaching of the first disciples about the marvels of God. In spite of differences of language and culture there was a profound communion among them. Wherever we find such communion of heart and spirit today among those who are strikingly different, there the Holy Spirit is at work. Unity in diversity is the mark of the Spirit. In the gospel Jesus points out another manifestation of the Spirit, and that is the pursuit of truth. Jesus declares that one of the Spirit’s roles is to lead us to the complete truth. If someone has a genuine openness to truth, a willingness to engage in the search for truth, there the Spirit is at work. Full truth is always beyond us; we never possess it completely. In John’s gospel Jesus declares himself to be the truth and he is always beyond us; we never fully possess him in this life. One of the roles of the Spirit is to lead us towards the complete truth, in all its dimensions and manifestations.

 

Gospel: John (15:26-27, 16:12-15)

“The Spirit who will lead believers to complete truth is promised by Jesus
 
Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”

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