In the universal Church, this is the feast of the Ascension, celebrated forty days after the Resurrection, on which we begin the most ancient novena in our tradition, the nine days to the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. In Canada and a number of other places – for ‘pastoral reasons’, not least that most Catholics who still ‘observe’ would not attend Mass on a ‘weekday’ – the Ascension is moved to the Sunday.
But we may celebrate in our hearts, and, of course, begin that novena. We all need the gifts of the Holy Spirit – counsel and fortitude

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