Monday, July 03, 2006
Independence Day, Catholic Christian Style
Our Lady of Martyrs Catholic Church is trying to put a Christian twist on the habit of going out on Independence Day to see fireworks.
The "fireworks apostolate" of the parish is trying to get parishioners to remember that the "original 'fire-works' came out of the Pentecost," explained Maureen Kennedy.
"When the Spirit descended on the twelve--as tongues of fire--they were transformed and graced to work in the world for Christ. We want people to go to the 4th of July fireworks and remember God and our commission," she explained.
The apostolate plans to attend the 4th of July fireworks in the city, distributing free buttons that say "Celebrate independence from slavery to sin", "Think the fireworks are beautiful? Work with God in the world", "Want to make noise this 4th? Do the Matthew 25:35-36."
Fr. Alan Joseph Campbell is supportive of the group's initiative. "The Holy Spirit is a lot more awe-inspiring than a Roman Candle. Go and have fun that evening, but remember where the real fun is: in living the life of the Holy Spirit in the world," he encouraged his parish Sunday.