Pentecost Sunday is one of the most ancient feast of the Church, celebrated early enough to be mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles (20:16). In that account we hear Jews from all over were gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish feast. On that Sunday, ten days after our Lord’s Ascension, the Apostles and Blessed Virgin Mary were gathered in the Upper Room and suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a mighty wind and filled the whole house and then tongues as it were of fire sat upon each of them. They were filled with the Holy Ghost and granted gifts of the Spirit. The Apostles began preaching and about 3,000 were baptized that day. Pentecost is often called “the birthday of the Church.”
Gifts of the Holy Spirit were not limited to the Apostles alone. We receive gifts from the Holy Spirit, as well during baptism and then during Confirmation a friend of mine explained it as if the Holy Spirit comes in and stirs up those gifts, so we can go and share those with the world. Over our life we see the benefits of our natural talents and strengthens, when have you had time to ponder the gifts you received from the Holy Spirit? The Catherine of Siena Institute provides an amazing workshop, Called & Gifted that allows you time to see how God has blessed you with gifts. The benefit of discovering your spiritual gifts will allow you to do the following:
Deepen Your Faith
Positively Impact Your Career
Enrich Your Family Life
Support Life Transitions
Simply Life and Provide Clarity
Saint Mary of Gostyn in Downers Grove, IL will be hosting a Called & Gifted workshop on July 19. 9:00 – 4:00. Registration is available at www.stmarygostyn.org. Lite breakfast and lunch will be included for the day at no charge. Join us and find out how you are Called and how you are Gifted. You can also review the Catherine of Siena website for workshops closer to your home www.siena.org. They do workshops internationally.