From our pastor, Father Neil Herlihy
 
Today, on this special day of Easter Sunday, we celebrate the glorious Resurrection of Jesus.  As we celebrate this day, we welcome all to our vibrant Parish community. We especially welcome all those who have completed a thorough period of inquiry and catechesis and will be receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, or the Eucharist for the first time.  They will be invited to go forth and preach the Good News of Jesus by embracing the message, mission, and ministry of Jesus.  We also welcome those who do not attend our Church on a regular basis.  We invite you to become part of our community of faith. It is our hope that you will find a spiritual home here.  We invite you to take a risk and step out of your comfort zones. You will be welcomed.  But you will also be challenged to be a better person, challenged to be a better Christian, challenged to be a better disciple, challenged to truly embrace the Lord and trust in Him.

Our Holy Father Pope Francis focused on the importance of Easter in a recent address.  He stated, “Jesus Christ, the incarnation of God’s mercy, out of love for us, died on the cross, and out of love he rose again from the dead.  That is why we proclaim today: Jesus is Lord! His Resurrection fulfills the prophecy of the Psalm: God’s mercy endures forever; it never dies.  We can trust him completely, and we thank him because he descended into the depths of the abyss.” Pope Francis reminded the faithful that the glorious Easter message offers us the comforting assurance that the Lord “…who suffered abandonment by his disciples, the burden of an unjust condemnation and shame of an ignominious death, now makes us sharers of his immortal life.”

As we reflect on the sentiments of Pope Francis, we are called to proclaim the glory of the Easter Resurrection.  Through his Resurrection, Jesus has conquered sin.  He has conquered death.  This is the message of his Good News.  This is the message of Easter.  We are challenged to truly embrace this message.  And when we truly embrace this message, and when we truly believe in the Lord and his Resurrection, it is then that we are truly living as the Easter people of faith.

I want to thank all those who worked so diligently to enhance the reverence of our sacred liturgies during this Holy Week.  I also want to thank all members of our Parish family for all that you do to enhance the spiritual vitality of this wonderful faith community.  I wish you and your families a glorious Easter season.

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