On the weekend of May 19th, the Church will celebrate Pentecost, one of the most important feast days of the year which concludes the Easter season and celebrates the beginnings of the Church.

Pentecost is the celebration of the person of the Holy Spirit coming upon the Apostles, Mary, and the first followers of Jesus, who were gathered together in the Upper Room. A “strong, driving” wind filled the room where they gathered, and tongues of fire came to rest on their heads, allowing them to speak in different languages so that they could understand each other. It was such a strange phenomenon that some people thought the Christians were just drunk — but Peter pointed out that it was only the morning, and said the phenomenon was caused by the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit also gave the apostles the other gifts and fruits necessary to fulfill the great commission — to go out and preach the Gospel to all nations. It fulfills the New Testament promise from Christ (Luke 24:46-49) that the Apostles would be “clothed with power” before they would be sent out to spread the Gospel.

Join us as for a reception following the 11:00AM Mass on Sunday, May 19th out on the plaza (in front of the church). 

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! Contact the rectory office at 202-546-1885 or hcscstaff@hcscchurch.org if you can help with the reception!

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