Once again, Happy Easter! You might be wondering about those words and thinking “We already celebrated Easter two weeks ago.” This is true, but the Liturgical Season of Easter is not over; it is just beginning. We spent forty days during Lent preparing for the Passion and Resurrection of Christ. Our salvation was only made possible through the suffering and death that Christ endured, but he did not stop there. Christ conquered death and rose from the dead. Our faith flows from the resurrection and gives us hope that “if we have grown into union with Him through a death like His, we shall also be united with Him in the resurrection” (Rom. 6:5). The Easter season lasts fifty days, from the first Sunday of Easter until Pentecost. The Season of Easter is purposefully longer than the Season of Lent because our faith gives testament to Christ’s victory over death and the joy of having a share in Christ’s glory.
So, in the spirit of celebrating the resurrection of Christ, who is the Light of the World, I would like to bring a few things to your attention that can bring light to our lives during this difficult and uncertain time. First, I want to thank you all for making use of the resources we have been posting on our website and for providing us with positive feedback. It is good to know that you are finding ways to remain strong in your faith and your feedback encourages us to continue posting, so please keep doing so.
I also want to remind you that we are still printing our bulletin every week. It is available online, or we can also mail a printed copy to you. If you would like us to mail the bulletin to you, call the parish office and we will be happy to do so.
Keeping in line with social distancing regulations, I am still hearing confessions on Wednesday’s at 5:00 pm, or by appointment. If you are unable to make it to Confession at the church or are afraid to leave your home, know that you can confess directly to God and pray the Act of Contrition. However, if you feel you want to come to the parish for confession and are able to do so, please know that I am available.
I would also like to mention that the weekly offertory through e-giving has gone up slightly, and I thank you all for your continued support of the parish. I encourage those who haven’t to register for e-giving. Supporting our parish regularly and without the use of offertory envelopes, online e-giving is available and is an excellent option. I also encourage those who can to contribute a little more than they normally would so that we can sustain our operating costs during these uncertain times.
I pray that you are all staying safe during this time and continue to hope in our Risen Lord. The Light of the World has Risen, and there is light at the end of the tunnel. Do not despair. In the words of Padre Pio, “Pray, hope and don’t worry.”