Is Easter over already? Is all of that preparation in Lent and especially during Holy Week all for one quick day? Now we can go back to our "normal" lives like everyone else?
Actually, NO! That is why the Catholic Church celebrates the "day" of Easter for a whole week! After that we celebrate Easter as a season until the Feast of Pentecost, when we celebrate the end of Easter by remembering that we, too, have received the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Why is all of this important? It is to remind us that for us who have shared in the resurrection of Jesus, for us who receive His body and Blood, for us who have received His Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Easter is our life--all year long!READ MORE
And now we can sing out: Alleluia! Our Lord is truly risen and we can rise with Him through His gift of sharing in His life. Now we begin again to try to live that shared life with our Lord and not fall into worldly ways.
What a great celebration we had, too. So many new members entering our community of faith give us hope and great joy. Of course, it is always wonderful to celebrate with a priest for his first Triduum; this was Fr. Ryan's first time as a priest to be part of God's great gift.
All through the Easter season, until Pentecost, we will be baptizing new children. In May we will celebrate Confirmation and First Holy Communion with about 200 of our young people. We have so much for which we give thanks, our community is so blessed.
Grace and Blessings as we begin Holy Week,
Monday, the priests of our diocese begin Holy Week with a day of prayer and reconciliation. It is my hope that you have all been to reconciliation already since we have expanded the hours during Lent. Like the priests, all of us should be more focused on prayer in these most holy of days.
Remember to check our schedule of services carefully because there are changes in Holy Week.There is only one Mass on Holy Thursday,at 7:30pm, and there are no Masses on Good Fridayor Holy Saturday inthe morning. Saturdayevening, after sunset, we will celebrate the Easter Vigil,the most important Mass of theyear. Pleaseremember that the Easter Vigil is close to 3 hours long; itis difficult for littlechildren. (I always see some people leave after one hour!!)READ MORE
Next Sunday we celebrate Passion Sunday, (Palm Sunday) and enter the holiest day of our year. As Lent draws to a close, let us renew our Lenten commitments. If we have not been as faithful as we wanted, let us make this week special by our observance.
Of course, our schedule changes during Holy Week so let us be prepared; watch the schedule carefully. Even next Sunday, there will probably be larger crowds. May we welcome visitors as Jesus welcomed all who came to him. Remember, our celebrations begin outside with the blessing of the palms.READ MORE