April 1, 201829
Today we celebrate the great feast of Easter; the Resurrection of our Lord. “Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!” Having completed our Lenten journey and relived the great events of our salvation this past week and celebrated the welcome of new members into our family at the Easter Vigil, we now come to this Easter Day with minds and hearts renewed. Today, instead of the regular profession of our faith we stand to renew our Baptismal Covenant and renew our dedication to following Christ faithfully in His Holy Church. “Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.”
In an old Christian hymn we hear, “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future and life is worth the living, just because He lives.” Every Easter is a time to enter a new path of discipleship, knowing that by His Death and Resurrection, Christ has given us reason to live in hope of sharing in His victory. Our Baptism gave us this hope. Despite our failure to live up to our eternal destiny, the weeks of Lent calling us to “Repent and Believe in the Gospel,” and our reliving the great events of our salvation during Holy Week, bring us to this glorious day when sin is vanquished. As St. Augustine once quipped, “We are Easter people and Alleluia is our song.” Let us celebrate the next seven weeks with renewed joy and hope and a new path proclaiming our true identity as sons and daughters of God and glorious victors with Christ. “Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.”
Thank you to all our deacon, lectors, ushers, servers, extraordinary ministers of communion, ministers of music, and all who helped decorate Church over the past week. Holy Week at St. Luke the Evangelist was the combined efforts of so many people. Without us all working together it would never be the proper celebration it has been. Thank you one and all.
To any who are visiting this weekend I want to express my sincere welcome to this awesome community of faith. St. Luke’s parish is happy that you have chosen to worship with us on this Easter Day. You are always welcome here. If you are returning to the parish, a very warm “welcome home.” It’s a special blessing to see you come to Church. May it be the beginning of a new journey with our Risen Lord. If you need any pastoral help in your journey, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am happy to help in any way I can. (644-2144, ext. 11)
Thank you to all who have joined in this year’s Easter Flower campaign. All our beautiful Easter Flowers and plants are a special tribute to deceased loved ones enjoying the Resurrection in Heaven.
Next Sunday we celebrate the 2nd Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday. This feast was especially dear to St. John Paul II and given to the Church as a reminder of God’s everlasting mercy and a call for us to practice the works of Corporal and Spiritual mercy in our lives.
God Bless! Happy Easter!
Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)