<MP>Friday, 14 May 2010

  • From: "Fr. Pat Umberger" <frpat@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Fr. Pat Umberger" <frpat@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 13 May 2010 17:00:10 -0500

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     From Father Pat Umberger

P E N T E C O S T    N O V E N A
Starts TODAY, on Friday, 14 May!
A novena is made up of nine days of prayers for a special cause.  The Novena
in honor of the Holy Spirit is the most ancient of all Novenas.  It was the
first one ever prayed.  It recalls the period of nine days where Jesus sent
his apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit at
Pentecost. This wonderful Novena is addressed to the Holy Spirit and can be
a powerful way for us to prepare to receive the light, strength and courage
we need. So, let's pray this wonderful Novena, beginning on the Friday after
Ascension Thursday, this year on the 14th of May, even when, like this year
in the United States, the celebration of Holy Thursday is transferred to the
next Sunday.  Come Holy Spirit, Come!  Follow the banner link from:

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St. Matthias 
According to Acts 1:15-26, during the days after the Ascension, Peter stood
up in the midst of the brothers (about 120 of Jesus' followers). Now that
Judas had betrayed his ministry, it was necessary, Peter said, to fulfill
the scriptural recommendation: "May another take his office." "Therefore, it
is necessary that one of the men who accompanied us the whole time the Lord
Jesus came and went among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the
day on which he was taken up from us, become with us a witness to his
resurrection" (Acts 1:21-22). They nominated two men: Joseph Barsabbas and
Matthias. They prayed and drew lots. The choice fell upon Matthias, who was
added to the Eleven. Matthias is not mentioned by name anywhere else in the
New Testament.

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Then they prayed, "You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of
these two you have chosen to take the place in this apostolic ministry from
which Judas turned away to go to his own place." Then they gave lots to
them, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was counted with the Eleven
Apostles. ~Acts 1:15-17, 20-26

I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master
is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I
have heard from my Father. ~John 15:9-17

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Jesus chooses us, and calls us to love one another, and to bear fruit that
will remain.  In today's First Reading, a new Apostle was chosen with the
help of the Holy Spirit.  His name is Matthias.  We hear nothing more about
him in the New Testament.  But his faith must have been extraordinary, and
his service as well.  Two thousand years from now perhaps nobody will know
our name ... but the legacy of our faith will live on as well.

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I pray that I may love others and bear fruit that will remain.  I pray that
my legacy of faith will live on long after my physical death.

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Mary asks prayers for the guidance of the Holy Spirit for all those working
to stop the oil flow in the Gulf. John asks prayers for a friend who died
suddenly and his wife and five children that he leaves behind. The Diocese
of La Crosse Office of Marriage & Family Life asks prayers for the
successful launch of the Natural Family Planning program that this "good
news" may reach many marriages.

Nikita sends prayers of Thanksgiving! A mother requests prayers for her son
who has interviews in the next couple of weeks for employment. Melva
requests prayers for our students and their teachers who are working hard to
bring up reading levels before the end of the school year.  Diane asks for
prayers for her friend who had emergency by-pass surgery on Monday. Neil
requests prayers for a reconciliation between his wife and daughter.

We pray for people suffering from natural disaster, especially those in
Haiti and Chile. We pray for great respect for life from natural conception
to natural death.  We pray for an end of terrorism and war, for the safety
of our troops and their families at home.

May God Bless you and those you love, and keep you safe!

Father Pat

      "Be still and know that I am God."  ~Psalm 46:10

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