From the Pastor – Easter Sunday

“CHRIST IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD,TRAMPLING DOWN DEATH BY DEATH,AND UPON THOSE IN THE TOMBSBESTOWING LIFE.” (An Easter Sourcebook:  The Fifty Days, Book Two, p. 1). Today is EASTER! It is the most important day in the life of the church. Today celebrates the rising of Jesus from death. But it also celebrates the new life that restores us to right relationship with God. Easter also reminds us that we are called to celebrate this new life in a variety of ways. Easter always occurs in the spring, when nature is recreating with flowers and trees that are blooming.  Easter also reminds us that we have been recreated in the image of God and are invited to celebrate this with all we meet. The challenge for us is to live as a people transformed because Jesus offers us new life and resurrection. Even during this pandemic, we have an opportunity to celebrate new life in Jesus by the way we care for each other, responding to one another’s needs as a witness to the resurrection. After the doldrums of this long winter, we are happy to welcome the new life that spring affords us, including the warm weather. This is the new life Jesus has gained for us by his resurrection. But Easter is more than a day. It is a 50 Day Period of Mystagogia, in which we bask in the wonder of resurrection and new life, as we continue to reflect more deeply on the experience of resurrection in our lives and our parish. In the name of our entire PARISH STAFF: FR. TONY, DEACON JERRY, DEACON HUGH, NANCY CAPUTO, DAN PALKO, OUR SUPPORT STAFF & MYSELF, I want to extend to you and your families our best wishes for a HAPPY & HOLY EASTER AND EASTER SEASON. May this time be for all of us a time to bask in the glory of resurrection… HAPPY EASTER!!BUONA PASQUA!! FELIZ PASCUA DE RESURRECCIÓN!!FR. JOE