JUNE 16, 2019
The Most holy Trinity
Please note the following documents from Archbishop Michael Byrnes and the Archdiocese.
Come, Holy Spirit
Pentecost was a feast day for the Jewish people. On this day, many Jews were known to have made a special pilgrimage to the temple in Jerusalem. At first, the feast was celebrated as a day of thanksgiving for the harvest and subsequently it also became a commemoration of the Ten Commandments that were given to God by Moses. Pentecost was celebrated fifty days after the Passover.
Jesus‟ return to his Father makes it possible for God to come to us in a way more active and more powerful than before, through the Holy Spirit. Jesus lives, loves and continues his mission through the Catholic Church by the power of the Holy Spirit. The same Spirit which raised Jesus from the dead, is at work in the Church and bringing all of us to new life. From the Church, through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ now sends us into the world to continue His redemptive mission. Many people assume that some rather deeply emotional and visible experience needs to take place when we pray to the Holy Spirit. Too many people think they have not experienced the power of the Holy Spirit unless they have had such an emotional experience. Perhaps, been made to fall on the ground or to begin speaking a strange language. Because of this expectation, for some, the Holy Spirit—and the working of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives—can be misunderstood. Although it is true that the Holy Spirit can make his presence known through external signs and special gifts, our personal Pentecost began with the Sacrament of Baptism and is deepened through the Sacrament of Confirmation. Through the Sacrament of Baptism, original sin is washed away. We are set free to grow in a life of love and holiness of life. We become living temples of the Holy Spirit. Through the Sacrament of Confirmation, baptismal grace comes to completion. It is through this Sacrament that we are bound more perfectly to the Church and endowed with a special strength of the Holy Spirit to fulfill those promises made at Baptism and go into the world, as a member of the Body of Christ, on mission. Through these Sacraments, the Holy Spirit enlightens us with ten special gifts. The three gifts that we receive at our Baptism are faith, hope, and charity. The seven gifts we receive at our Confirmation are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.
The gift of faith allows us to see the invisible in the visible world. Hope gives us the ability to trust in God who is our Father. Charity provides us with the grace that we need to love God above all things and to love our neighbor just as Jesus loves us. Wisdom detaches us from a disordered affection toward the things of this world and causes us to desire the things of Heaven. The gift of understanding helps us to penetrate the truths of our Catholic Faith so as to incorporate them in our lives. Counsel enables us to see and choose correctly those actions that will help us give glory to God and ensure our own eternal salvation. Fortitude gives us the strength to overcome those obstacles and difficulties that present themselves during our sojourn on earth. The gift of knowledge shows us the path to follow and alerts us to the dangers that we must avoid in order to attain eternal life in Heaven. Piety enlightens us with a tender and filial confidence in God and allows us to joyfully embrace all that pertains to our discipleship with Christ. Finally, the gift of fear of the Lord fills us with a deep respect for God and makes us dread anything that may offend Him.
Along with the wonderful gifts that the Holy Spirit has given to us through the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, we need also to remember the fruits of the Holy Spirit that we experience as consequences of the gifts. We are invited to participate in an ongoing relationship with the Lord. When we do, we grow in these fruits and virtue is manifested in our lives. We become more like Jesus Christ; those new creations St. Paul writes of in his letter to the Corinthians (2 Cor 5:17). The fruits are signs or manifestations of his presence in our soul. St. Paul enumerates these fruits of the Holy Spirit as charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity (Galatians 5:22-23).
Certainly, as we read this list, we can see how beautiful our lives can be when we allow the action of the Holy Spirit to permeate our entire being.
On this Pentecost Sunday, let us join with the whole Church and pray:
Prayer for Our Parish
God our Father, through the intercession of Saint Barbara, we offer these prayers to you for our parish and your people.
O Holy Spirit, guide us as we strive to become a faith-filled and lifegiving community, seeking always to do your will as we help each other journey to your heavenly kingdom.
We desire to be a people that responds to your call to help our brothers and sisters in Christ, nurturing the bond that we share as children of God. Together with the Universal Church, may our parish family grow in unity and be faithful disciples, proclaiming the good news of the Lord and living the Word of God.
Jesus, our Good Shepherd, lead us to the pasture of compassion, service, and love, that all may come to know your goodness and share in the eternal feast you have prepared for each of us. May Mary, Mother of the Church, Bearer of Truth and Light, and Help of Christians, pray for us and be a source of strength to us as we sojourn towards the Kingdom of God.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, your Son. Amen.
Santa Barbara parish - bible study on tuesdays
Parishioners listen attentively during Bible Study classes. All are welcome to attend every Tuesday at 6:40pm in the upper parish hall.
A Brief Examination of Conscience
Based on the Ten Commandments
1. I am the Lord your God; you shall not have strange Gods before me.
Have I treated people, events, or things as more important than God?
2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
Have my words, actively or passively, put down God, the Church, or people?
3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
Do I go to Mass every Sunday (or Saturday Vigil) and on Holy Days of Obligation? Do I avoid, when possible, work that impedes worship to God, joy for the Lord‟s Day, and proper relaxation of mind and body? Do I look for ways to spend time with family or in service on Sunday?
4. Honor your father and your mother.
Do I show my parents due respect? Do I seek to maintain good communication with parents where possible? Do I criticize them for lacking skills I think they should have?
5. You shall not kill.
Have I harmed another through physical, verbal, or emotional means, including gossip or manipulation of any kind?
6. You shall not commit adultery.
Have I respected the physical and sexual dignity of others and of myself?
7. You shall not steal.
Have I taken or wasted time or resources that belonged to another?
8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Have I gossiped, told lies, or embellished stories at the expense of another?
9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s spouse.
Have I honored my spouse with my full affection and exclusive love?
10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.
Am I content with my own means and needs, or do I compare myself to others unnecessarily?
Christ’s Two Commandments: How well do we love God and others? Do we love as Christ calls us to? In the Gospel of Matthew, Christ gives us Two Commandments: “He said to him, „You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments‟” (Mt 22:37-40).
Santa Barbara Parish Prayer Ministry
prays the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet
for prayer intentions.
May you strive to be a better Catholic and be closer to God than you did in the past year.
God Bless You & Your Family!
Saturday: 5:00 pm
6:00 am (Chamorro)
9:00 am (Astumbo)
12:00 pm (Filipino)
2:00 pm (Chuukese)
Daily: 6:00 am &
Tuesdays & Fridays also: 11:30 am
Saturday: 6:00 am
For baptisms, Please visit the Parish Office for guidelines and scheduling.
Monday to Friday: 15 mins before the 6:00 am and 6:00 pm masses (at the chapel)
Saturday: 4:30 pm (at the upper church)
Divine mercy adoration chapel:
Monday to Friday:
7:00 am - 6:30 pm
7:00 am - 3:30 pm
Monday to Friday except Thursday:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm (CLOSED 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm)
Closed on Sundays, Thursdays, Holy Days & Holidays.