A prelude to Synod ’16, Mass meant to inspire ‘new oasis of living water’ in archdiocese, he says
Detroit — Just as the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles and the Virgin Mary, igniting the beginning of the Catholic Church, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron said the Holy Spirit is descending upon the Archdiocese of Detroit, beginning the re-evangelization of southeast Michigan.
Before a packed Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament on May 14, the vigil of Pentecost, Archbishop Vigneron explained that the night was a reflection of what happened in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago.
“We’re following the examples of the apostles and Our Lady,” Archbishop Vigneron said. “Like them, we, too, await the promise of the Lord. And He will not lie to us.”
Archbishop Vigneron encouraged the faithful to view Pentecost as a prelude to Synod ’16, which will take place Nov. 18-20, the Feast of Christ the King, saying Pentecost is an “indispensable preparation” for the synod.
“This is a moment, a strand in the cable, as we seek to unleash the Gospel, calling us to a new faith,” Archbishop Vigneron said. “We’re here to give thanks for every grace, every gift the Church has received since evangelization began, when Peter had the courage to throw open the doors, proclaiming J
esus is the new covenant.”
On a day when the archbishop presided over the ordination of five new priests for the archdiocese, he challenged each and every person at the cathedral to become “fountains of the Spirit, continuing the work of Jesus Christ.”
“Everyone is meant to be a prophet, to know the mind of God,” Archbishop Vigneron said. “This is what Pentecost is about, what was foretold in the Old Testament. To give us that Spirit, that Jesus Christ came in the flesh.”
The archbishop said the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles not just for their sakes, but given to the rest of the world.
“The Holy Spirit is not only given to us, but also floods out of us,” Archbishop Vigneron said. “We become the oasis of the new Spirit, and like the means, the agent of purifying the world, renewing the face of the Earth with living water.”
The call to evangelize and the much-repeated theme, “Unleash the Gospel,” had many Mass attendees jubilant over the direction of the Church and the spirit present in the cathedral.
“I felt the archbishop’s homily was magnificent; I’ve been waiting to hear this,” said Jeranne Jackson, a parishioner of St. Mary in Wayne. “I can feel so much energy in the Church, and this is what we need.”
Archbishop Vigneron said nobody was “here by accident;” that the Holy Spirit drew them to the cathedral on a Saturday night.
“I like how the archbishop said everyone was here for a reason, that with the authority of the apostles proclaiming the Spirit is here,” said John Paul Maziarz, a parishioner at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Highland Township. “We need to pray and discern how we can transmit the Holy Spirit, like the archbishop is calling us to do. How the river of living water is intended to flow out of us.”
With so much energy from the night, Archbishop Vigneron said he doesn’t know what to expect from this Pentecost and the upcoming synod, but he prays for a complete transformation of Christ’s Church in southeast Michigan.
“This is a sacred night, a special night. Each of us is brought here by the Holy Spirit,” Archbishop Vigneron said. “By being here and praying together, we advance so much closer to the synod, where the Holy Spirit will unleash a new Pentecost. Unleashing the Gospel in Detroit, in Wayne County, in Macomb, Oakland, Monroe, Lapeer and St. Clair; it may spill over to Washtenaw, or maybe even Toledo, who knows.”