St. Cyril of Jerusalem Parish,15520 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, California - St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, 15520 Ventura Boulevard,  Encino, California 91436














From the Desk of Father Mac

Solemnity of Pentecost Sunday
June 04th, 2017

My Dear Friends in Christ,

Today the Easter season comes to a close with the Feast of Pentecost, commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Church. Pentecost comes from the Greek word for "fiftieth" (pentecoste). The reason is that Pentecost is the fiftieth day (Greek, pentecoste hemera) after Easter Sunday (on the Christian calendar). This name came into use in the late Old Testament period and was inherited by the authors of the New Testament.

In the Old Testament, Pentecost was a harvest festival, signifying the end of the grain harvest. In the New Testament, Pentecost represents the fulfillment of Christ's promise from the end of Luke's Gospel: “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city, until you are clothed with power from on high” [Lk. 24:46-49]. This "clothing with power" comes with the bestowal of the Holy Spirit upon the Church.

As one of the most important solemnities on the Church's calendar, it has a rich depth of meaning, but here is how Pope Benedict summarized it in 2012:

“This Solemnity makes us remember and relive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and the other disciples gathered in prayer with the Virgin Mary in the Upper Room (cf. Acts 2:1-11). Jesus, risen and ascended into Heaven, sent his Spirit to the Church so that every Christian might participate in his own divine life and become his valid witness in the world. The Holy Spirit, breaking into history, defeats aridity, opens hearts to hope, stimulates and fosters in us an interior maturity in our relationship with God and with our neighbor.”

We are pleased to welcome our Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Brennan to St. Cyril’s this weekend who will preside at the 10am Sunday Mass and confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on 19 young people and 3 adults. Please pray for those receiving the sacrament, that the gift of the Holy Spirit poured out upon them in the Sacrament of Confirmation will open their hearts to lifelong discipleship of Jesus, lead them to be faithful witnesses to the Gospel, and inspire them to serve God and neighbor.

In Christ,



For Information, please contact the Parish Office at or phone 818.986.8234



St Cyril of Jerusalem Parish
15520 Ventura Boulevard
(mail: 4601 Firmament Ave)
Encino, CA  91436
818- 986.8234

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