Welcome to all who gather with us on this holiest of days in our journey of faith. Jesus taught, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” We respond today as we celebrate Easter, “Yes, Lord.” We believe that Jesus is our “resurrection and life.”
There may be much that remains a mystery to us and we often feel a distance on our part between ourselves and Jesus, but we believe that when our God promises something He delivers. I recall with you the words we recently heard from Ezekiel 37:12-24, “O my people, I will open your graves and have you rise from them…Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and have you rise from them…I have promised, and I will do it, says the LORD.” We leave this place today taking with us a truth that raises us beyond all fears and worries. “Death is swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” Corinthians 15:54, 55.
Respectfully Your in Christ,
Fr. Tom Morgan
Divine Mercy Sunday Mass: Sunday, April 28th is Divine Mercy Holy Hour at 3pm in the church.
All are invited to join in celebrating the Feast of the Divine Mercy. Jesus told Saint Faustina that “I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confessions and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My Mercy.” (Diary 1109)
PLEASE NOTE: Beginning Monday, April 22nd, all Daily Masses will be celebrated in the Holy Family Chapel.
The Paschal Candle in the church beginning with the Easter Vigil has been lovingly donated in memory of Leonard and Paula Weber.
The Paschal Candle in the Holy Family Chapel beginning with the Easter Vigil has been lovingly donated in memory of the Herold and Weber Families.
Blue vials are available in baskets near the Baptismal Pool in the main church. Please take one for your home and fill it up with blessed Easter holy water from the Baptismal Pool.
Question & Mission of the Week:
Question: Name the experience of the empty tomb for yourself and explain what it means to your life.
Mission: Bring new life to someone as an expression of Easter faith. Call or visit someone who is isolated. Share food and company. Be a source of joy to those who meet you. Give someone a reason to shout Alleluia!
Prayers and Devotions
The Catholic Mass
Full, active and conscious participation
Confession Guide for Adults
TRADITIONS OF LENT:
Holy Thursday: Attend Mass and then visit three churches for the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Lenten Nail and Stone: Drop your Lenten nail in the containers next to the cross as it is venerated. Also, at our Good Friday Liturgy, stones are dropped in a metal pail as we walk up to venerate the cross. It will help us to remember the Scripture quotes, Psalm 91:12 “…Lest you dash your foot against a stone,” Mark 12:10 “The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” or John 8:7 “He who has no sin be the first to cast a stone at her.”
New Easter Clothes: Wearing new Easter clothes may be traced to the new white robes in which the newly baptized at Easter were clothed. They are also symbolic of the newness of resurrection.
Easter Parade: It is a tradition to take a long walk after Easter Mass with family and friends as a sign of the new life of the resurrection and the call to walk in the steps of the Lord.
Easter Eggs: The egg is a symbol of the resurrection. It represents the tomb from which Jesus came forth to new life. It is also a German custom to decorate trees outdoors with decorated hollow Easter eggs. The eggs remain on the tree eight days beginning on Easter Sunday.