The Church celebrated the Feast of the Pentecost on June 3rd. Pentecost literally means 50th. It is a feast celebrated on the 50th day after the Passover by the Jews and a feast celebrated on the 50th day after the feast of the Resurrection of Jesus by Christians. Pentecost marks the end and the goal of the Easter season. It is a memorial of the day the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles, an event that took place fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus.
The Passion, the Death, the Resurrection, and the Ascension of Jesus culminate with the Father sending the Holy Spirit to descend upon Jesus’ disciples. The feast also commemorates the official inauguration of the Christian Church by the apostolic preaching of St. Peter which resulted in the conversion of 3000 Jews to the Christian faith. Pentecost is the official birthday of the Church. We will be offering masses and praying for all your intentions.
Happy Father’s Day
Last Saturday, a middle aged man eagerly came through the line at our soup kitchen. He had two young children with him, a boy and girl. The boy held his left hand while the girl clutched his right one. They were all smiling and very appreciative of being able to get a hot breakfast that morning. You could tell they were enjoying their time together.
After they got their meal and sat down, I walked over to the table where they were sitting and asked if I could join them. The father, whose name was Brian, nodded as if it were ok.
In the midst of our conversation, Brian just stopped and put his arms around his children and said: “I’m nowhere near being a rich man…in fact I often work two jobs to make ends meet and keep a roof over our head. But an old man once told me…Son, I don’t care how poor a man is; if he has family, he’s rich. I always keep that in mind.” I nodded in agreement and said “You are so right.”
I walked away from the table feeling really blessed. Here we are working to be a blessing to others, and we get the blessing. These are the kind of messages that make us stop and breathe the reality of our mission.
You too are a blessing! All of us here at The City of St. Jude thank you for your continued support. When friends like you reach out and support us, it is a blessing…because none of our work would be possible without your support.
I humbly ask that you continue to support our work with a donation of any amount. God has blessed us all with an opportunity to be a blessing to others and add value to their lives.
As we celebrate Father’s Day on June 18th, we recognize all of our fathers and father figures that have helped us all become better people.
Happy Father’s Day!
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Daniel Aloo Owuor, F.M.H.
P.S. We apologize that this letter is getting to you later than usual. Unfortunately our printer was damaged and we had to order a new one. We should be back to our regular schedule from here on out.
Our mission here at The City of St. Jude is to simply help those who need it the most. Our ability to do so depends on the generosity of people like you. Please consider making a donation today. Anything you give is appreciated.