On Pentecost Sunday at Holy Trinity Parish in Beaverton, after a soul-stirring and deeply spiritual liturgy with testimony and of course the Eucharist, Father Dave Gutmann made an announcement. After more than a year, post-Mass coffee and doughnuts would return.

Fired up by the Holy Spirit, and perhaps eager for apple fritters, the crowd cheered.

A stunted interpretation of the acclimation would go on about how clamor is inappropriate in church (as if “Alleluia!” were not meant to be a real corker) or how pastries are unworthy of consideration during liturgy. A broader and stronger reading would see that even cinnamon twists exist in God’s realm and can spark a holy emotion — joy.

The thing about coffee and doughnuts at church is that they are more than drinks and snacks in any other setting. Those sipping and nibbling after Mass have just partaken in the saving sacrifice of Jesus, which is the beyond all and sustainer of everything. In becoming one with the Lord in the deepest of ways, they are drawn to unity with one another.

Note that divisions among Catholics have increased in the past year or more, about the same period we have gone without coffee and doughnuts. Just saying. The gatherings allowed us to meet and talk; conservatives and progressives surely appreciate one another better with a maple bar in hand.

Let’s not disparage the ardor for coffee and doughnuts. The path out of current strife may be jelly-filled. (At this juncture, the Catholic Medical Association asks you not to overdo it.)