Pastor’s Reflection

20 May 2018

Pentecost Sunday


                Did you know Jews also celebrate the Feast of Pentecost? They do! Along with the Feast of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles, Pentecost (which in Greek means “fiftieth” and is also known in Hebrew as the “Feast of Weeks”) is one of the three major Jewish feast days. For Jews, Pentecost primarily commemorates the revelation of the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai. This occurred 50 days after the Passover celebration when at daybreak God came to Mount Sinai in the form of fire (the burning bush), accompanied by thunder, lightning and the loud blast of trumpets. In receiving the Law from God through Moses, the Jews entered a new Covenant with God and became “His people.” For Christians, the preexisting Feast of Pentecost has received an even deeper significance. On this day, 50 days after the Resurrection (i.e. Jewish Passover), God (the Holy Spirit) once again at daybreak descends accompanied by fire and the sound of strong wind and storm (cf. Acts 2:1-41). This time, God does not write on tablets of stone; rather, He penetrates and inscribes His presence within their hearts and souls! Pope Paul VI beautifully summarizes the Christian meaning and significant of Pentecost:



Liturgical Roles

Saturday: May 26, 5:00 pm

Reader:       Daniel Strogis

EM:             Hazel Arruda

Ushers:         John and John Robert Clemente

Altar Servers:   Isaac, Adrian & Vince

Sunday: May 27, 8:00 am

Reader:        James Dillon

EM:              Louise Monticello

Ushers:         Romie Powell, Mike Monticello

Altar Servers:    Eric and Matthew

Sunday: May 27, 10:30 am

Reader:        Len Whitehead

EM:             Karen Primeau

Ushers:         Craig Lawson, Ron Lloyd

Altar Servers:  Joseph, Brendan, Jackson

Counters:    Chris & Tina Riley, Thomas Allsbury

Upcoming Events

Sunday, May 20

  • Mass – 8:00 am
  • CCD – 9:10 – 10:15
  • Mass – 10:30 am


  • Mass  – 8:30 am
  • Bible Study – Matthew – 9:15 am – 11:00 am
  • Legion of Mary – 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
  • Bible Study – Matthew – 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
  • KOC Officers Meeting – 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


  • Mass – 8:30 am
  • Women of Grace – 9:30 am – 11:00 am
  • RCIA – 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


  • Mass – 12:15 pm
  • Choir Practice – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm



  • Mass – 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
  • Adoration – 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm


  • Confession – 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
  • Mass – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Sunday, May 27

  • Mass – 8:00 am
  • Mass – 10:30 am


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Contact Information

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Orange, VA 22960-2573

(540) 672-4933

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Weekend Mass Schedule

  • Saturday evening: 5:00 pm
  • Sunday morning: 8:00 am and 10:30 am

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