Happy Easter!

Dear Friends,

 

          “The Lord is truly risen, alleluia.  To Him be glory and power for all the ages of eternity, alleluia, alleluia.”  These words, the Entrance Antiphon for Easter Mass, announce the glory and meaning of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  A blessed, happy and holy Easter to you and to your loved ones!

          We have reached the pinnacle of the Liturgical year, having celebrated the Sacred Triduum and Easter, through which we personally enter into the mystery of God’s redeeming mercy and love for each of us.  As you know, the celebration of Easter lasts for eight full days ~ the Octave of Easter, after which we continue to rejoice in the Lord’s victory over sin and death throughout the Easter Season until Pentecost Sunday.

          Saturday, April 27, after the 4:30 Vigil Mass, we will gather together for an Easter Pot-Luck Supper in the school.  Hopefully you have signed up to join us.  We are looking forward to fellowship and enjoyment as a parish family while celebrating the gift of Easter. 

          Next Sunday, the Octave Day of Easter is also known as Divine Mercy Sunday.  In accord with the Lord’s revelation to Saint Faustina, Saint John Paul II has dedicated that day as the Feast of Mercy to celebrate, ponder and give praise for the overflowing and never ending Mercy of God toward each of us.  According to Saint Faustina, our Lord promised, “On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity.” (Diary of Sr. Faustina, 699)

          This year again, next Sunday, we will have a special Divine Mercy celebration at 3 pm.  Our image of our Lord, the Divine Mercy image, will be displayed in the Sanctuary next weekend also.  Please note that the promise does not mean that confession needs to be received on Divine Mercy Sunday itself.  Confession should be received sometime near the Sunday.  One’s confession during Lent would be sufficient.

          April is National Child Abuse Protection Month.  It is an opportunity to raise awareness among everyone about the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse.  Next Sunday is Blue Sunday, a national day of prayer for abused children and Monday, April 29 is Blue Monday, an Archdiocesan event inviting us to wear the color blue in support of Church and community efforts to protect children.  There is much more information about what our Archdiocese is doing to protect children and youth at their website: https://childyouthprotection.org .

 

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

 

 

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