We are blessed!

Dear Friends,

Our Holy Week and Easter celebrations were truly awesome, prayerful, inspiring and blessed. There was a special grace this year during the Triduum and Easter. Thanks be to God!

My heartfelt gratitude to everyone who worked so diligently to make the Church and the celebrations so very special. Thanks to Father Buck, our Deacons, all our parish staff, our volunteer weekly cleaners, our flower decorators, our Sacristans and other volunteers who helped on Holy Saturday to clean and prepare the Church and our liturgical items for Easter, our Altar Servers and Assistant Masters of Ceremonies, Elizabeth Calabro, our Lectors and Cantors, our choirs (Adult and Children), our organists, our Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers, our Greeters and Ushers, Matt, Mary Kate and our Youth Groups. There are always so many people who help and step up in countless ways and so often behind the scenes. Thank you one and all!! And, thank you to all who came, worshipped and participated in these Paschal Mysteries of our Lord’s Death and Resurrection.

Today is the Octave Day of Easter, the Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday. 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. Saint John Paul II gave this feast to the Church through the visions of Saint Faustina. God is eternally Merciful. He wants all of us, His children, to receive the fullness of His Mercy and to share that mercy with one another.

This Monday evening through Wednesday morning, the priests of our Archdiocese will meet with Archbishop Chaput for the biennial Priest Convocation in Hershey, PA. We are grateful that Norbertine Abbot Emeritus Richard Antonucci has agreed to celebrate our daily Masses on Tuesday and Wednesday so that we are able to attend this convocation. Bishop Andrew Cozzens will be the keynote presenter these days in the context of prayer, fraternity and collaboration with our Archbishop. Please pray for all of us. You are always in our prayers.

May comes upon us this week and on this first Saturday of May, we joyfully celebrate First Holy Communion for our young people. What a glorious day in the lives of these young folks as they begin a new relationship with Jesus by receiving His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity at Holy Mass. This gift of Jesus’ love, mercy, healing and strength is such a source of comfort, support and help in our spiritual journey. Keep them and their families in your kind prayers.

Our parish May crowning will take place on Sunday, May 12 at the end of the 10:30 am Mass. Our Youth Group and our First Communicants are invited to be special participants in this token of love and esteem for our Most Holy Mother Mary. Hope you will plan to be a part of this May devotion.

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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