Sunday, May 23, 2010

Fiesta de Pentecostés en la Parroquia San Cristóbal

Yay! Pentecost! Birthday of the Church!

The Altar Guild decorated the church for Pentecost, with red and gold balloons and ribbons. We had lovely red and white roses at the altar, too!

Guillermo Johnson was the cantor for the Psalm. We sang Lord, Send Out Your Spirit And Renew The Face Of The Earth! Yeah, it's one of them old Mid-western Jesuit songs you suffered through at the Newman Center back in the late 1970's, but since we do them without guitars and painfully earnest singing, it's quite pleasant. Plus Guillermo has a great voice.

The Choir sang Send Your Holy Spirit for the Gradual

We have special blessings for Birthdays, Travelers, and Anniversaries after the Peace but before the Offertory. Ronaldo and Martha Olton celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary. We're all laughing because after the blessing I said "You may kiss the Bride" and they had quite a smooch!

Then the Lovely Mona played Andante Espressivo by Mendelssohn for the Offertory Anthem. It was lovely, like her.

Today we sent out our Lay Eucharistic Visitors for the very first time. We've been working on this for ages, but today they went out, bringing the Reserved Sacrament to our sick and shut-in. Padre is commissioning them in this photo.

It's Pentecost! Many of us were wearing red!

En la Misa a las 10:30 am, we welcomed little Anthony into the Family of God by baptizing him with water en el nombre del Padre, el Hijo, y el Espíritu Santo.

El Señor sea con ustedes

All in all, a wonderful day!


Priscilla said...

Padre, I always make a point of visiting your blog after a church celebration. What a joyful, loving, beautiful, spirit-filled place you inhabit. I hope to someday visit your lovely church and people. Pentecost blessings!

Suzanne said...

I love Pentecost! We were all decked out in red also at Olivet Congregational where I serve. Everyone wore red and we had red geraniums on the altar. Confirmed one!

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