Congratulations to the ten members of St. Julie Billiart parish who receive the sacrament of Confirmation this weekend!  Confirmation gives strength in the Holy Spirit to bear witness to our faith.

In last Sunday’s gospel Jesus says to his disciples, “Stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”  Then he ascended into heaven.  In today’s feast of Pentecost we celebrate the coming of that power from on high.  The Holy Spirit gives us gifts and charisms.  In his letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul makes it clear that the gifts and charisms are given for building up the body of Christ.  The Body of Christ, which is the Church, is strongest when each of its members are using the gifts given by the Holy Spirit.

Men of our pastoral region, have you considered attending the men’s conference next Saturday?  It is at St. Maximilian Kolbe church on Hamilton-Mason Road, very near to us.  I do not know if they were intentional in choosing Father’s Day weekend, but likely they were.  Matt Birk, center for the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl team will be one of the speakers.

Fr. Ryan Ruiz will speak on the Eucharist and the role of extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion just before we celebrate the feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus.  All members within the pastoral region are invited to attend.  He will speak at St. Peter’s church at 7pm on Thursday, June 20.

The Mission office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati arranges for missionaries to visit local parishes each year.  Our three parishes will hear from priests with the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.

Thank you to those who have helped with donations toward the tornado relief either through last week’s second collection or through other organizations.