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From Easter Day until the Day of Pentecost, in these 50 Days of Easter, we are celebrating Christ’s rising victorious from the grave. On the Day of Pentecost, May 19, we will celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus’ followers back in Jerusalem, empowering them to begin the work of spreading the Good News of Salvation all over the world. The work they began, and which continues to be part of the Church’s mission today, reached people in Poway, California some time ago. This year, on the Day of Pentecost, we will have several Baptisms and the conclusion of this spring’s Communion Class. Pentecost 2013 will be glorious and Spirit-filled at St. Bart’s! On Pentecost 2013, we will reaffirm the great Good News of the Earth-Maker, the Pain-Bearer, and the Life-Giver, the great Good News of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!
In the Name of the One whom the darkness has not overcome.
A Los Angeles gang member named Pedro is 30 days into sobriety when his younger brother, still in the thrall of addictive demons, kills himself. Pedro talks to the local priest, Fr. Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit who runs Homeboy Industries through which at least some homies find a path to healthy, productive lives. He speaks to Fr. Boyle of a dream. “It’s a trip G. I had this dream last night. And you were in it.” Fr. Boyle, in his gripping book, Tattoos on the Heart, goes on to describe Pedro’s dream:
Over 400 items Collected!!!
WOW!!! Just look at all the food we have collected so far this month for the food pantry at Interfaith Community Services in Escondido. Thank you to everyone who has made this challenge successful. Don't worry if you still have items to bring in. We will be collecting through Sunday and will have the children on hand for a special blessing at the 9:30 am service on Sunday before it heads off to Interfaith Community Services to feed hundreds of needy families and individuals.