Today we begin the most sacred week of the Church Year with the celebration of Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion and culminating with the sacred Paschal Triduum. Our Liturgy is rich in symbol, ritual, word and sacrament. I encourage all to take part in as many of the liturgies as you are able this coming week, and to take some extra time praying with the Scriptures of the day. If you find it helpful, use the process of centering prayer we have been using throughout Lent and take time for quiet reflection along with some “imagery prayer.” Let us continue the “retreat like atmosphere” these days ahead and open ourselves to the grace God is ready to pour into our hearts and upon us. As we enter into the celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Christ, many of us are experiencing our own suffering, letting-go, grief, anxiety, uncertainty, confusion, etc. With deep faith and great trust in God, we rely on him to get us through these difficult experiences. We know that Christ himself has suffered and understands our pain. We know that he rose from the dead to life, and that he, too, will lead us to new life. As we journey through these holy days ahead, please know that I will be praying for all of you in a special way. Let us keep focused on Jesus, our Savior, and trust in the ways in which he is leading us and our parish.
Last weekend, I shared some important news from Bishop Hurley. I have printed it below today, especially for those who were not present this past weekend.
“I have some important news to share with you from Bishop Hurley. As of July 1 (this year), Saint John Paul II and Christ the Good Shepherd Parishes will become linked. Each parish will still retain its own identity. However, both parishes will be served by one pastor and a parochial vicar. Bishop Hurley has appointed Father Ron Wagner as pastor to both communities, and he will be assisted by the [soon] to-be-ordained Father Matt Federico. Father Matt is also assigned as chaplain to Nouvel Catholic Central High School.
Since I just received this news on Friday afternoon, I will do my best to provide any additional information when the Bishop communicates with me - either in the bulletin or in future announcements. I realize that this is a time of transition for all of us, so let us pray for one another and our new bishop yet to be named.”
Please make sure you read the article in today’s bulletin addressing the topic of linked parishes.
Blessings on your Holy Week Journey!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ