Easter Sunday

Mar 31, 2024

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/video ministry, RCIA team, liturgical ministers, 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 the many gifts with which we are blessed in this life.

       Amanda Parker and Jacob Wagemann celebrated the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) with us at the Easter Vigil on Saturday night– as did so many other newly-initiated Christians around the world. Congratulations to these newest members of our Catholic faith community!

       I look forward to seeing many of you at our Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Saturday 13 April. Please call the office by this coming Wednesday if you plan to attend—all parish adult volunteers (high school and older) are welcome!

       When Jesus was raised from the tomb, 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 generosity triumphs over selfishness, and love triumphs over hatred.  There are so many human struggles and sadness in the world… and the power of evil sometimes overwhelms us.  I feel so powerless when seeing the death and destruction that has been experienced by the people of Gaza and Ukraine.

       But 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—have hope.”  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!

Fr. Keith

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