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Usually, the Jewish Passover occurs close in time to the Christian celebration of Easter.  But not in 2024.  The two holidays were separated by nearly one month.  This is important only because the Jewish festival of Shavuot, which is why there were about 120 followers of Jesus were in Jerusalem, occurs seven weeks after Passover.  Pentecost, the Greek name for Shavuot, coincided with the festival, for it occurred on the 50th day after Easter.  In 2025, we will be back on track to celebrate around the same time! Shavuot was a command to the Jewish people in Torah. Jesus would have regularly observed the festival, which demanded that all Jewish men go to Jerusalem to bring the first fruits of their harvest as offerings to God. Although the two holidays are not synonymous, we Christians celebrate presenting our “first fruits” to God on this day of Pentecost.  We are able to do so, because of the gift of the Holy Spirit given to us this day.


Join us at our Saturday mass, at 4:30 p.m., in the Chapel located in the Education Building or on Zoom. The passcode to enter is: liturgy.  Please mute yourselves upon entering.  This week’s worship aid is found here:

Take a look at our Facebook page: St Teresa of Avila Catholic Community, ECC

Abundant blessings, 

Rev. Kate Lehman, OSB

Want to donate to St. Teresa of Avila Ecumenical Catholic Community?  Simply go to your bank's website and click on transfer funds.  Most banks use Zelle as an option.  Click on that and then enter the contact you wish to send to.  Once you do it, the contact will reappear so you can send again. The contact name is St. Teresa of Avila Ecumenical Catholic Church and the mobile token (must be correct as Zelle does not reimburse if you send it to the wrong place) is (602) 509-4446.  You will get an email afterward from your bank noting the transfer.

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St. Teresa of Ávila is united with many other authentic Catholic faith communities as a member of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC).  The ECC is a "community of communities" that share a common theology and liturgical tradition with the Roman Catholic Church, but do not participate in its canon law.

The "ECC Difference" can be seen in the inclusion of all baptized Christians at the Eucharistic table, respect for and recognition that the Spirit is at work in those of other religions, ordination of women and married individuals, offering of the sacrament of marriage to committed LGBT couples and those remarrying after divorce, invitation to follow conscience regarding birth control, and active/equal involvement of the laity in the governance of the Communion.

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