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A Primer on Pentecost

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8 Things to Know and Share About Pentecost

The original day of Pentecost saw dramatic events that are important to the life of the Church.

• But where did the feast of Pentecost come from?

• How can we understand what happened on it?

• And what does it mean for us today?

• Here are 8 things to know and share about it . . .

1. What does the name "Pentecost" mean?

It comes from the Greek word for "fiftieth" (pentecoste). The reason is that Pentecost is the fiftieth day (Greek, pentecoste hemera) after Easter Sunday (on the Christian calendar). This name came into use in the late Old Testament period and was inherited by the authors of the New Testament. READ MORE

Help Needed for Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday, May 28, is the descent of the Holy Spirit into the Church. St. Ignatius’ 10 AM Mass will incorporate the many languages and cultures of its parishioners. Come to Mass to celebrate the Spirit’s descent. We invite parishioners to wear one’s cultural dress or emphasize the feast’s color: RED. If you are interested in processing in as your culture’s representative, please click here or email Barbara at barbaradailey@st-ignatius.net

St. Paul writes in I Corinthians: “As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.” (1 Cor 12:13). 

Afterwards, we invite parishioners to bring your favorite dessert or appetizer from your culture to Ignatian Hall. To volunteer for Hospitality or to sign up for a dish, click here or email Barbara at barbaradailey@st-ignatius.net.

We hope you will join us for this vibrant celebration of the birthday of the Church!

Upcoming Events

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Tuesday May 23

@ 9:15 am

Pancakes with the Pastor

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Join us for a fun Tuesday May 23rd for breakfast to get to know Fr. Brian Frain and other parishioners. This event will be at the The Trolley Stop, 6 Oella Ave., Ellicott City, MD 21403. Please RSVP to Rosanne Hanratty owendog1@comcast.net. We look forward to seeing you.

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Wednesday May 24

@ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Women Who Stay

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Wednesday May 24

@ 8:00 pm - 9 pm

The Heart of the Church

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In the Media

Bishop Stephen Chow, Bishop of Hong Kong, reflects frankly about the Catholic Church in China, and the missing bridges that could connect Rome with Beijing, unite the underground church with the official church, and fill the numerous vacant sees of bishops in PRC. I came to know Stephen Chow while completing my theology studies at Weston Jesuit School of Theology. Recently, Bishop Chow sat down for an interview with Antonio Spadaro, S.J. from La Civita Cattolica. Read more here.

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A Bridge to Walk: An interview with Msgr. Stephen Chow, Bishop of Hong Kong

By Antonio Spadaro, SJ

I met Bishop Stephen Chow during the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus in October 2016. At the time, I was looking for Jesuits who could write about China in La Civiltà Cattolica from first-hand experience, and I approached him to ask who I could contact. He soon became Provincial of the Jesuits of China, and our conversation continued. I always received balanced and wise views from him, capable of considering the picture of the Chinese situation and expressing great love for the Church and the Country. Both during some of his trips to Rome and one of my trips to Beijing, where I gave lectures at The Beijing Center and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, we had the opportunity to deepen the conversation. It continued even after his appointment as Bishop of Hong Kong. I thought I would ask him a few questions after his recent trip to Beijing. READ MORE


Parish: 'the thought' is a publication of St. Ignatius Catholic Community—Baltimore. Each edition contains articles and news feeds that are included for awareness of current topics in our world today. The positions expressed by outside authors and news feeds are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or positions of St. Ignatius Catholic Community or its staff.

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