“Happy Easter Everyone!” Easter is such an important and central aspect of our Catholic Christian Faith in Christ. Next to the celebration of Jesus’ birth at Christmas, only Easter truly rivals and captures the essence of what Jesus has done for us by his passion, death and resurrection on the cross! No more do we have to live in fear of death or live with the question of whether or not we are loved. God loves us with an infinite love from birth to death to life again. Easter celebrates that fact!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who attended our various Holy Week celebrations. Thanks for walking with our Lord and being with us! Special thanks to our liturgists (Laurie, Paula, and Joyce) who work so hard, to all our choirs, soloists, liturgical ministers, decorators, and Deacon Bill Ritchie, Deacon Chris Goenner and to Fr. Tom Olson who all helped us with our services as well. These were powerful celebrations that truly helped us understand what God has done for us. We are very blessed to have such hard working and talented people to help us. I also want to thank all those who contributed to our Easter collection as well. As in every year, we depend on your financial generosity to help keep our fiscal budget strong. So, if you have not done so already, please consider sending your contribution in. AS with God, while we are here on earth, it’s never too late.
Finally, I would be amiss if I did not thank our “Gather Us In” evangelization committee who helped put together our Lenten program on Mathew Kelly’s book, “The Greatest Lie in the History of Christianity.” We had over 100 people attend these weekly sessions, people who wanted to learn more and deepen their faith. Thank you very much.
Finally, next weekend is Divine Mercy Sunday, the Second Sunday of Easter. Divine Mercy Sunday is a Church Feast that was instituted by the late St. Pope John Paul II. Divine Mercy Sunday really helps us focus on the meaning of God’s inexhaustible mercy held out for us, especially during the Easter Season. God’s mercy is an ocean compared to the tiny drop of water which is our sin. Or, God’s mercy is a mountain compared to the tiny grain of sand which is our sin! You might consider attending any number of Divine Mercy celebrations in our St. Cloud Diocese this next Sunday, April 28th. Please see our new “Central Minnesota Catholic” magazine (formerly the St. Cloud Visitor) for special times and events throughout our area and in particular at St. Mary’s Cathedral here in St. Cloud.
Here’s hoping your Easter celebrations whether at Church and at home are wonderful reunions of faith, family, and friends! Again, “Happy Easter Everyone! ” May we all live in the light and joy of Christ’s new life!