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The Birthday of the Church: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic

May 31, 2020

On this great feast of Pentecost, I would like to say “happy birthday” to every Catholic listening to me, for we hold, in our traditional theology, that Pentecost is the birthday of the Church. It would behoove us on this our birthday to reflect on the nature of the Church. In the Creed, which we recite every Sunday, we find the familiar phrase, “We believe in one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church.” All four of these marks can be seen from the beginning, at that first Pentecost, because all four are gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 – Acts 2:1-11
Psalm – Psalm 104:1-34
Reading 2 – 1 Cor. 12:3B-7, 12-13
Gospel – John 20:19-23