Easter Sunday

April 4, 2021

Today we celebrate the Feast of All Feasts. On this Easter Sunday we proclaim with great joy, “Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed, Alleluia!” As we renew our baptismal promises this day we hear, “Dear brothers and sisters, through the Paschal Mystery we have been buried with Christ in Baptism, so that we may walk with Him in newness of life. And so, now that our Lenten observance is concluded, lest us renew the promises of Holy Baptism, by which we once renounced Satan and his works and promised to serve God in the Holy Catholic Church.” We renew our discipleship this Easter Day and allow the glorious opportunity of Easter to be a renewal of our faith in God, in Jesus, and a rebirth to faith. For any who have been away from the Church and are here today for Easter Mass, welcome home! I pray today will be the beginning of a new journey for you as you rediscover your place in God’s family. This Easter Day I hope the Good News of the “empty tomb” reveals to the deepest depths of your soul the truth that we one day have the promise of a glorious life with God on high. “Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!” And we will one day rise with Him. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Today I want to thank all of our parishioners for the beautiful Easter Flowers given to the glory of God in loving memory/honor of departed loved ones and significant people in our lives. Nothing speaks to us of Easter more than the glorious garden that floods our beautiful Church. The Easter Lilies especially almost seem to trumpet the Good News, “He is Risen Indeed!” Our Easter Flower campaign, much like our Christmas Poinsettia campaign is a way to celebrate our loved ones, whether here on earth or already sharing the joy of the Resurrection.

Special gratitude goes to all who helped with preparing the Church for the Holy Week liturgies; our lectors, organist and choir, our servers, ushers, our decorators and of course our holy Deacon. The liturgies of Holy Week take a great deal of attention to be celebrated not only properly, but also in a meaningful way. It takes many hands and a great deal of talent to relive the great events of our salvation. I am truly grateful to all who were part of this year’s celebrations. I think I missed this most of all last year when Covid prevented us from celebrating these special days. I pray these high holy days have been inspiring for you and have renewed your love for Jesus and His Church. I believe Holy Week reminds us of how blessed and loved we truly are as brothers and sisters of Jesus, sons and daughters of a loving God whose beloved Son endured all for us.

Finally today, as we bask in Easter glory our celebration of this great day will continue now for several weeks; seven in total. The next seven weeks will allow us to celebrate the Good News of Christ’s victory again and again, hearing the joyful word, Alleluia! many, many times. May this season of Eastertide continue to bring us all joy, peace, deepened faith and love.

God Bless! Happy Easter, Alleluia!

Please continue praying 3 Hail Marys.

Fr. Pete