Many thanks to our parishioners and staff members whose generous and talented service has graced our parish in recent weeks, especially our liturgy planning team, music ministry, liturgical ministers, RCIA team, ministry leaders, and church decorators. Everyone working together has enabled our faith community to grow spiritually and worship God prayerfully during the Lenten season, recognizing how God is always “enlightening our hearts.”
We also welcome Marlaina Blank who celebrated the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening– as did so many other new Christians around the world. Congratulations to this newest member of our Catholic faith community!
I look forward to seeing many of you at our annual
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner this coming Saturday. Please call the office by this Monday if you would like to attend—all parish adult volunteers are welcome!
When God raised Jesus from the dead, God was inviting us to experience what is called the “paschal mystery”—that is, believing and living that, in Jesus, life triumphs over death, and light triumphs over darkness, and love triumphs over hatred, and joy triumphs over sadness, and generosity triumphs over selfishness. For the last two years, the pandemic has been (literally and figuratively) a time of death and sadness and darkness for all of us. And now we feel so powerless when facing the death and destruction being experienced by the people of Ukraine in recent weeks.
In the Feast of the Resurrection that we celebrate today, God says to us once again, as God did through Jesus so many times, “Be not afraid.” Celebrate Easter this year by remembering this message. That’s the good news of the Easter gospel—as a disciple, make sure you share it with someone who needs that message of hope right now in their lives.
A Joyous Easter to you and your loved ones!