Happy Easter! Jesus Christ is risen, truly He is risen! As a parish family, let us pray for a joyous and blessed Easter Season, growing in our love for Jesus Christ, His Church and for one another. By God’s grace, as we’re getting through the pandemic and enduring the crises and turmoil that are unfolding in our country, let us remember to constantly trust in God and His providence, remaining faithful, hopeful and loving disciples of Jesus Christ, our Savior. May we remember that God who is love (1 John 4) is with us always (Matthew 28:20) – and let us strive to respond to God’s love with a greater love for Him and for our neighbor, in our words and deeds, growing in our relationship with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit through daily prayer, His Church, Word and Sacraments (and spiritual communions when we’re not able to get to church). Indeed, our response to God’s love brings great Joy in our life when we get the right order: to love Jesus, others and yourself. If you’ve been away from the Church and the practice of our true, beautiful and wondrous Catholic Christian faith, please come Home and let us know how we might help you. Let’s keep praying for one another, the Church, our country and the world, for God’s strength, courage, healing and peace. And thank you, everyone who continues to pray for and generously support our parish church and school.
Next Sunday, the second Sunday of the Easter Season (April 11th this year) is joyfully proclaimed as Divine Mercy Sunday – on April 30, 2000, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted the Feast of the Divine Mercy when he canonized the first saint of the new millennium: Sister Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938). God’s mercy, His loving forgiveness, wrought for us by Jesus Christ in His Passion, Death and Resurrection and Ascension into Heaven, is readily available to us any time that we sincerely seek His mercy. During this time of intensified crises in our country and the world, let us pray evermore fervently for God’s mercy on us and on the whole world.
Next weekend, please consider praying the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy while venerating an image of the Divine Mercy, the Crucified and Risen Christ (we do not worship images, but thank God for such holy reminders that help us to think of Him and His saints). On Good Friday, many people began a Novena to the Divine Mercy (nine days of devotional prayers). Please see the pamphlets and holy cards at the entrances of church, and thedivinemercy.org and marian.org for information about the Divine Mercy devotion that Jesus has given to His Church. May we keep always in our hearts, and in our words and actions, the prayer that Jesus Christ, Divine Mercy Himself, taught to Saint Faustina, which appears on the image of the Divine Mercy: “Jesus, I trust in You.” And let us remember the “ABCs” of God’s Mercy: Ask for His Mercy. Be merciful. Completely trust in Jesus, for He is the Only Savior of the world! Amen. Alleluia!
With peace and prayers for a blessed and joyous Easter in Christ,