Dear Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Assuring each of you of my prayers for a safe and memorable summer
Each year the Church celebrates 50 days of Easter, culminating with the feast of Pentecost. Pentecost marks the occasion of God’s sending the Holy Spirit upon the disciples after Jesus’ resurrection. Prior to receiving the Holy Spirit the disciples were unsure of what was expected of them and they spent most of their time hiding in fear. After receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit, they understood their mission and had the courage to come out of hiding and speak openly of what had been accomplished through Jesus’ dying and rising.
Christ’s instruction to the apostles is a call to all Catholics to go out and preach the gospel, to bring Christ’s word to those that do not yet know Him as the Redeemer. By our Baptism we are called to participate in this ongoing mission. Those in our diocese and in our parishes that teach and form Catholics, such as Catechists, Directors of Faith Formation, and Youth Ministers, to name a few, lead the way in this effort to “Go therefore and make disciples of nations”.
We share in the belief that we are led by the Spirit, which is poured out for us and is renewed in us by Christ each time we receive Eucharist. Pentecost gives us the opportunity to reflect on the mystery of God’s continual care for us, to give thanks for the Spirit which sustains us, and to continue to look for the signs of God’s presence in our midst.
During the Easter Season many in our diocese received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist. I would like to commend the students that have received sacraments and thank the parents, catechists and everyone that was involved in the forming of these young people. I would like to congratulate those that graduate this spring and wish them much success in their future endeavors. And, last but not least, I would like to thank the Parishioners and Presbyterate of the Diocese of Las Vegas for your continued prayers and support.
The season of spring, and its endings and new beginnings is almost over and we run headlong into the season of summer, the time for rest and relaxation, vacations, and reconnecting with family and friends. I pray that as we enjoy our summer respites, we remember to carry God’s love and mercy with us wherever we may be.
Most Reverend Joseph A. Pepe, D.D., J.C.D.