Christ is Risen

Dear Friends,

I am writing this on Easter Monday with the glow of Easter still filling my heart and soul. We had a beautiful, inspiring and blessed celebration of the Triduum ~ Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday! What graces flowed down upon us as we lifted up our hearts, minds, bodies and souls in worship of our Lord and God in the celebration of Jesus Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection.

You know that Easter day extends a full eight days (like Christmas). The mystery, the power, the gifts cannot be contained, nor limited, to one day. The Easter season will extend 50 days until Pentecost Sunday. In the words of Saint Athanasius, “The fifty days from the Sunday of the Resurrection to Pentecost Sunday are celebrated in joy and exultation as one feast day, indeed as one ‘great Sunday’.” Such is the joy and the transforming grace of the Resurrection. The bodily resurrection of Jesus changes everything. It reveals God as the enemy of death, that this world is a preparation for a more glorious life and that salvation is open to everyone.

We are so blessed here at Saint Eleanor Parish. So many people helped to make our celebrations beautiful, worthy, joyful and exceptional. Thanks must be expressed to all who attended the Triduum liturgies and the Easter Sunday Masses. Our newly instituted 6 AM Sunrise Mass in Church was well attended as were all the Easter Masses. My heartfelt gratitude to our volunteer Church cleaners, our parish staff, our Deacons, Extraordinary Ministers of Communion, Lectors, Altar Servers, Sacristans, Assistant Masters of Ceremonies, our choir, cantors and musicians, to Elizabeth Calabro, our Director of Sacred Music, our ushers, those manning the camera for the video transmission, Margarida Leader for overseeing the flowers/decorating, and everyone who “pitched in” here, there and everywhere. And one more word of profound gratitude to Father Moriconi, who organized and practiced all the participants for each of the liturgies and who did so much work in arranging all the needed items for each of our celebrations.

Another “new” tradition, our Easter Egg Hunt on Holy Saturday was a wonderful gathering of our families with young children! Thanks to our Youth Ministers and our Youth Groups for organizing, setting up and cleaning up for such a fun and enjoyable Easter event.

Such selfless generosity and goodness, does not go unnoticed. Our God is never outdone in generosity. He will surely bless everyone with the richness of His graces!

Sunday, the eighth day of Easter is also Divine Mercy Sunday, a blessed day indeed. There will be a Holy Hour at 3 pm today in Church with the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Benediction. Come and experience a tremendous outpouring of God’s mercy and grace. Those who participate may receive a Plenary Indulgence under the usual conditions.

Christ is risen, Alleluia! Indeed, He is risen, Alleluia!

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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