Happy Easter! May you and your families experience the peace and joy of the Risen Christ today and throughout this Easter Season!
The Scripture Readings for Easter Sunday, throughout Easter Week, and the Sundays of the Easter Season are some of my favorites. They are filled with joy and hope and they express the core beliefs of our faith. We remember Jesus who lived among us, suffered, died and rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and sent the Holy Spirit to be with us forever. Reading and hearing those Scripture passages proclaimed, and then reflecting upon them, lifts my spirits, renews my commitment to the faith, and gives me the opportunity to deepen my relationship with Christ. It helps in continuing to cope with the grief at the loss of my sister, Diana, my mom, and Bishop Cistone this past year. I know that many of us in the parish have experienced the death of a loved one this past year and are dealing with loss and grief. I invite all of us to take some time this coming week to read a few of the Resurrection narratives in the Gospels and let them fill us with the hope and peace only the Risen Lord can give us.
Congratulations to Jennifer Greif whom we welcome into the faith of the Catholic Church! Jen will be making a Profession of Faith, and receiving the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist at this year’s Easter Vigil. May God bless her abundantly these Easter Days!
Please note that Little White Books for the Easter Season have been provided for those who wish to use them for spiritual enrichment and prayer. They are available at the church entrances.
Our new baptismal font was completed and running by the proposed completion date of April 12. Thus, we will be able to use it for our baptisms this Easter Season. I have heard many compliments about the font. How wonderful it is to have a designated baptistery area apart from the Eucharistic Chapel area (where the tabernacle has been replaced). If you don’t usually sit near the front, please make it a point to stop by the right side of the sanctuary and look at the font and see how the former font was incorporated into the design of the new font. Plans are underway (with some preliminary drawings) for the shrine area and ambry on the wall behind the font. That portion of the baptistry area should be completed some time this Easter Season.
Blessings on this Great Paschal Feast!
Peace and Joy these Fifty Days of the Easter Season!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ